During this time of year, the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage from office sprinklers, and even theft is very real. One of the most valuable assets for any company is its data. Hardware and software can easily be replaced, but a company’s data cannot! Here are some simple things you should do to make sure your company is ready for any natural disaster.
1. Back Up Your Data Remotely
Everyone knows that data should be backed up on a daily basis, but many companies still use in-house backup systems that will get damaged in a natural disaster and can easily be stolen. We recommend backing up all data to an off-site location and we offer this as a service to our clients.
2. Use a Quality Surge Protector with Uninterruptible Power Supply Battery
A high-quality surge protector combined with an uninterruptible power supply battery backup will go a long way in protecting sensitive electronic equipment from surges and other electronic irregularities that can destroy your computer’s circuitry.
3. Make Sure Your Servers Are Off the Floor or In the Cloud
If your office gets flooded, having your equipment off the floor will prevent it from being completely destroyed. Server racks can be purchased and installed very inexpensively. Better yet, consider moving your critical server equipment to the cloud and be protected no matter the weather!
4. Have A Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan
Every business should have some type of plan in place for continued operation after a disaster. Would people know where to go? Who to call? How to log in and access data remotely? Hopefully you’ll never need it but having a simple plan will make you sleep a lot easier at night knowing you have a way to continue to operate when disaster strikes.
At Garner IT we ensure our client’s data and backups are protected and in working order at all times. If your business needs help putting a plan in place in case of fire, flood, severe storms, or theft, we can help. Please give us a call at 850.250.3210 or stop by our office at 1330 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401. We would love to sit down and discuss your business needs.
Randall and Julie Garner and the entire Garner IT team