Let’s face it: no one likes to think about bad things happening to them, much less plan for them. But since September is National Disaster Preparedness Month -- and this year has been full of disasters, from a pandemic to wildfires, and a slew of other things -- we want to give you a quick “brush-up” on some simple things you can (and should!) be doing to protect your business.
- Review Your Business Insurance Carefully. Most businesses carry some type of general liability insurance that would pay them if their building and the things in it were damaged. However, many businesses do not have enough coverage to replace all the computer equipment and devices, desks, art, supplies and other things they’ve accumulated over the years that are housed in their office. Make sure you review your policy every year and keep in mind new additions and assets you’ve accumulated during that year.
- Consider Cloud Computing. One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is that your data and assets are stored off-site in a highly secure, high-availability data center, with failover and redundancy built in. That means that if your building were destroyed and you had to evacuate, or if your server melted down due to an unexpected hardware failure, everything you’ve worked so hard to create over the years is safe and not a sitting duck in your unsecured closet or server room.
- Make Sure you Have a Good Backup of Your Data. You can put all the protection in place you can think of, create layers of protection, and yet nothing is 100% guaranteed to keep the bad guys out. Your last line of defense for recovery is a good backup solution. You have to watch out for employees who may save files to their local drive and forget to back them up. Be sure you have regular disconnected backups, ie, once backup is done, the destination of the backup is no longer online. This will prevent a ransomware infection from hitting your backups.'
- Secure Your Data. Making sure that your data is protected from theft is a never-ending battle you don’t want to lose. Companies that get hacked and expose sensitive client and employee data can face severe penalties, lawsuits and massive loss of credibility in the marketplace. Make sure you never have to send an e-mail to your customers explaining the bad news that a hacker accessed their info through you. Further, if you keep any sensitive information (even passwords to portals containing sensitive information) on portable laptops, phones and other devices, make sure you have a way of controlling and safeguarding that information.
- Don’t Skimp on Your Firewall. Your firewall is your front line of defense. It is the first thing we look at when advising clients on their security. Inexpensive firewalls provide limited protection and flexibility in configuration. This is the one place you do not want to cut corners on. You won’t want a cheap, flimsy front door on your house so don’t make the same mistake with the front door to your network and business data.
- Write A Simple Disaster Recovery Plan. The key word here is “simple.” If your plan gets too complicated or difficult, you won’t do it. But at a minimum, think of the disaster that is most likely to happen and that would have a severe and negative impact on your company’s survival.
- Review Your Employee Internet Policy. With so many people “addicted” to Facebook and Twitter, it’s important that your employees know where the line is in what they can and can’t post online. We also recommend content-filtering software to block content and web sites you don’t want employees visiting during work hours.
How fast could your business be back up and running after a natural disaster, server crash, virus attack, or other data-erasing catastrophe?
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- How fast could you realistically be back up and running in the event of any natural or human disaster?
- What backup, security and business continuity systems do you currently have in place, and are they sufficient?
- Is all of your critical data being backed up, every day?
- What are the largest threats to the security and integrity of your critical business data?
- Do you know what steps and costs would be involved to rebuild your server and recover your data if you had to?
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