One day your business could lose its data – could you recover?

Posted by The PC Support Group

Fri 19th, Oct

Suddenly being unable to access data and systems is the nightmare scenario for all businesses.  For most, it’s a frightening experience. For those providing time-critical or confidential services, it can threaten their very existence.   A crazy thought when 93% of data loss incidents are avoidable1.

Almost all organisations experience some form of downtime whether it’s a critical hardware failure, a flooded office or the latest cyberattack.  Any one of these can happen when you’re least expecting it.

Sadly, there are many stories of successful SMEs being hit by an unexpected crisis from which they have been unable to recover. That’s not surprising when:

  • the average cost of one hour of downtime is £6,500 for a small business or £64,000 for a mid-sized company2
  • for those without a disaster recovery plan, downtime is even longer, taking on average 18.5 hours to get up and running2 – critical time no business can afford.

When The PC Support Group suffered a complete power outage at our offices for half a day very recently, we were able to continue supporting our clients because we had robust business continuity measures in place. It’s a model that we’d be delighted to share with you.

Our six-step plan helps you to assess your risks, identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities and put practical, proactive measures in place to deal with these challenges and recover. And the fact is, by planning for the worst you can make your business stronger and more resilient for the present. Just on the issue of your back up alone, here’s a quick check list for you:

  • Do you know what your business-critical data is and where it is held? Is it being backed up at all?
  • Is your backed-up data kept separate from your live system, in a secure place with restricted access?
  • How regularly is data backed-up – daily, weekly, monthly?
  • Is the back-up process automated and regularly monitored?
  • How soon could that data be restored to an alternative system – hours, days, weeks?
  • Do you know where you would restore the data to if your current live system failed?
  • How long could your business survive without access to its data?

The PC Support Group can help you to protect the business that you’ve worked so hard to build, with practical, real world advice and guidance for you and your people, combined with cost-effective technologies and solutions. Speak to our team on 03300 886116 for an informal and confidential chat or email them on info@pcsupportgroup.com  or click here and leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.

Best wishes

Phil Bird, Managing Director,

The PC Support Group

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