During this time of year, the threat of fires, floods, severe storms, or water damage from office sprinklers is substantial.
Moreover, considering the increasing trend of cyber attacks over the past few years, like ransomware and theft of laptops, you owe it to yourself, your team, and your business to review your data protection policies and procedures. It’s very likely today that the most valuable assets of any company are its data. You can replace hardware and software quickly, but there’s not an aisle at the local or online computer store to purchase a company’s data! 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 people still use in-house backup systems that will get damaged in a natural disaster or fire, and can easily be stolen. We recommend a hybrid approach to backing up all data to an on-site AND off-site location.
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 & networking equipment’s circuitry.
3) Make Sure Your Servers & Computers Are Off the Floor, or In the Cloud
If your office gets flooded, having your equipment off the floor will prevent it from being destroyed. Installing server racks is relatively inexpensive. Alternatively, 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 a 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, ransomware, 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