It’s still disaster preparedness month, so you’ve got time to think about the various disasters that can affect your business. We’ve gone over things like testing your plan, but here are a few IT disasters that are really on the rise.
A DDoS attack essentially takes down a website by flooding it with traffic. DDoS attacks are starting to make the headlines more and more and a lot of smaller to midsized companies don’t see themselves as targets, but they certainly can be. As part of any plan, it’s useful to make sure to plan for DDoS attacks. Take a look at our DDoS action plans to learn what you need to plan for a DDoS attack, and even what to do if a DDoS attack happens to your business.
We’ve discussed ransomware at length in the past. Whether you’re talking about malware like cryptolocker or a hacker getting into your system and demanding money to return control, ransomware is becoming a criminal enterprise. The best way to plan for this type of attack is to have a good recovery point objective in place and then set your disaster recovery software accordingly. Learning how much data you can afford to lose is a good first step toward deciding how often you need to take backups. If ransomware locks your system down, you’ll be able to restore a backup from before the attack happened and you’ll be just fine.
When’s the latest time you thought about hardware failure? About every three to five years it’s wise to think about doing a hardware refresh—this, of course, assumes everything you’ve got is three to five years old. Chances are that things are purchased when they’re needed so you’ll likely end up replacing things at different times. The point is that if your equipment reaches a certain age, you’re just asking for a hardware failure. According to some stats we gathered about a year ago, 99 percent of IT providers have experienced some type of hardware failure, which means it’s only a matter of time before something happens. Swap out your old hardware to stay on top of this threat.
A lot of the messaging around disaster preparedness seems to suggest that disasters happen unexpectedly. Sure, some of happen by chance such as earthquakes, landslides, fires, and so forth, while some disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and even flooding, are fairly predictable. It’s tough to plan for the ones you don’t expect, but you can most certainly prepare for disasters that are common in your area. Coastal areas may need to be worried about hurricanes. Southern and Mid-western states may contend with tornadoes, and they typically have fair warning when these things are going to happen. Plan for the disasters you know enough to expect, but make sure your plan is flexible enough to handle the odd natural disasters you don’t expect. Take a look at this guide to have a look at ways to understand your environment for better disaster planning.
You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? Many if not most instances of data loss or downtime are the result of some form of user error, whether it’s simple negligence or pure stupidity. Our suggestion for reducing the risk of user error has always been education. Make sure employees and clients know not to open wacky attachments, don’t visit nefarious websites, use secure passwords, and use common sense when it comes to cyber-security. Here are six ways you can educate users on cyber-security.
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