Natural disasters, hacking, virus attacks, Ransomware infections, server room fires, etc. The list can go on and on. These disasters are constantly affecting businesses in this day and age of computing.
These conditions are a prominent threat to businesses and it's very important to understand the different variables and scenarios that can cause your business to suffer from data loss, loss of productivity, and theft of intellectual property.
Information technology is the most important part of any business and it should be treated as a high priority when it comes to protecting it.
Let’s dive deeper into the 4 most common disasters that can destroy IT networks and impact your business:
Disaster #1: Hardware/Software Failures
The effect: loss of productivity.
Businesses store all of their company files that are accessed by employees. If a hardware or software failure occurs on a server, employee productivity is heavily impacted.
Think of a manufacturing company that relies on their production to run smoothly. There is high demand to produce and ship products in a timely manner. If their business had a hardware or software failure they would not be able to recover properly.
Having a strategic plan for your server infrastructure is crucial to your business. The right plan means in the event of a problem fail-over can happen within seconds and have your business functioning with almost no loss of productivity or loss of production.
Implementing a backup plan would allow your business to restore data from a software failure within minutes and be back in production.
Disaster #2: Datacenter Environment
The effect: the wrong environment can destroy your datacenter
The surrounding environment of your datacenter such as temperature, water pipes, and sprinkler systems is often overlooked. Many businesses store their servers and switching hardware in server rooms (usually closets in the office). Most of the time the server room they pick has no air conditioning and may have hidden or exposed water pipes in the ceiling.
These type of conditions can destroy all of your equipment! Imagine what would happen if a pipe burst or a fire broke out in your server room. All that technology would be gone.
Make sure you have a disaster recovery plan in the event that your entire IT infrastructure is on fire or under water. Also having an offsite backup strategy to restore your infrastructure in an offsite location will have your business running again within hours. No business can afford downtime.
Disaster #3: Natural Disasters
The effect: a business that's down may not be able to ever recover again
Natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes can completely destroy your IT infrastructure.
There have been cases where there was no disaster recovery plan in place which caused the businesses to shut down for good. The cost of shutting down their business was so costly they were never able to recover and open again.
A disaster and recovery plan helps you re-locate your employees to a new location and connect them back to your entire infrastructure from a separate geo-located datacenter. Your business can be up within 24 hours in you have the right recovery plan in place.
Disaster #4: Security Breaches
The effect: loss of productivity and intellectual property theft
Security breaches like hackers attacking and virus\spyware\ransomware injections can cause loss of productivity and intellectual property theft.
Businesses are being targeted by hackers (regardless of their size) everyday. Any time a business gets hacked their valuable data is being stolen. Think of how much data your employees and business have on their computers. What would happen in that information was stolen?
It is very important to guard your infrastructure from all these types of breaches. Having a firewall appliance that is configured properly with the latest security standards in place will prevent these security breaches and keep your data protected.
A disaster can affect your business in many ways. Make sure your IT infrastructure is being analyzed to see if there are risks to your business. After that you will need a strategy to keep your IT infrastructure protected from loss of productivity, loss of production and data loss.