It’s 5:15 PM and you’re about to head home for the day. After answering those last couple of emails, you save any remaining open files and log off from your computer, confident that everything will be waiting for you tomorrow. But what would happen if your desktop didn’t turn back on in the morning? Or if a power outage struck overnight? Or if your laptop was stolen? Or if your external hard drive was struck with ransomware? If that power outage lasted for more than one day, could you quickly get back to business as usual? Would you know where to find your backed up data — and how to access and implement it once you located it? If you answered “yes” to all of the above questions, congratulations. But if you answered “no,” it’s time to get serious about your data backup strategy. Do you really know where your critical business information is? And is it truly secure? Why data security matters:
All it takes is one inadvertent click, one accidental deletion, one password compromise, or one data breach for disaster to strike. Ransomware, malware, and spyware can infiltrate your computer and external data backups, while failures commonly plague the traditional solid-state drives (SSDs) installed on desktops and laptops. In all of these cases, total data loss will often occur with no warning and no remedy once it strikes. How do you prevent such data disasters? No single security practice or strategy can provide comprehensive protection. That’s why a multi-tiered approach to security is necessary, with various IT solutions like proactive maintenance and monitoring, password management, and data encryption working together to weave a strong security tapestry. But the only surefire way to protect computers and the information they store from data disaster is withautomatic, remote data backup and recovery
. This stores your critical business information in several locations—often on-site and in the cloud—so that you can roll back to an uninfected or unaffected machine with ease. That allows you to restore unencrypted data quickly so you can get back to work. Many of CMIT Solutions’ clients came to us after a prior data backup failure. Everyone likes to think they have reliable backups in place, but it takes more than just a particular piece of software or a specific device to protect your data and your business. Without a professionally managed data backup plan, the consequences of data failure can be devastating. And without a business continuity plan in place to chart a path toward data recovery, even properly backed up information can be hard to access. If you’re unsure about your data backup strategy, ask yourself these questions:
1) Is your data stored in more than one location?
2) When was the last time you recovered your data?
2) How successful was the process?
3) Was your data recovered in an expedient manner?
4) Do you have a repeatable process in place for recovering your data and your business should the unthinkable happen? Many of our clients thought they did — until things went south. Nobody wants to admit they may have a flawed process or substandard backup system. And nobody wants to admit that they don’t know the details of their data security. That’s why a professionally managed backup strategy is so important.
Knowing what you need isn’t that simple. CMIT Solutions can help you consider your recovery point and recovery time objectives. We can protect all of your data at a reasonable cost. Once a process is defined, or technicians will manage your data backups — every single day. Best of all, we provide enterprise-class data protection and business continuity support at a price any company can afford. We consider two primary goals when we assess your data backup strategy: protecting your business information and preserving the continuity of your business operations. When the unexpected happens, we help you get back to normal as quickly as possible with our CMIT Guardian service, which comes wrapped in best-in-class customer service. If you don’t know where your data is or need to know more about the importance of backup and disaster recovery, contact CMIT Solutions today. When it comes to long-term business success, nothing is more important than your data — that’s why you should treat it with the respect it deserves.