Disasters are not something relegated to specific locations or industries. All organizations are susceptible to a data loss disaster or two, no matter which category they fall under. As a business owner, it should be your prerogative to protect your company from the various disasters that could create downtime, destroy data, and disrupt operations.

Disasters, on a fundamental level, can be defined as any scenario in which your organization suffers from an event that disrupts operations in a meaningful way. Here are some examples of disasters, some of which you might not have considered to be disasters in the first place.

Natural Disasters

We understand that it can be difficult to think about a natural disaster like a flood or hurricane wiping out your company’s infrastructure, but depending on your office’s location, this is a very real possibility. Even events that you might not normally consider disasters, like fires, electrical storms, or snowstorms affect your business plans, so be sure to consider them as the true threats they are.

Hardware Failures

You should never expect your business technology to last forever, and depending on how long you have had it, you could be at risk of hardware failure—especially if you do not perform regular maintenance on your technology. Hardware failure is one of the few disasters that can actually be predicted and prevented with the right solutions in place. If you utilize remote monitoring and maintenance services, for example, we can keep an eye out for telltale signs of hardware failure and address them before they become serious, downtime-causing problems.

User Error

Nobody is perfect, and you cannot expect people to not make mistakes during their day-to-day duties. Slip-ups happen from time to time, and even the most well-intentioned employees can accidentally delete the wrong files or leak credentials to hackers from convincing phishing attacks. You need to be prepared to handle these kinds of events, and it all starts with training your employees to not sweep their mistakes under the rug. They should know that it is okay to own up to their mistakes, and being punitive about it is not going to make them want to do so. Instead of responding in a negative way to these mistakes, think of ways to prevent them from happening in the future.

Hacking Attacks

In today’s age of ransomware and cybersecurity threats, it’s no wonder that hacking attacks can be considered disasters in and of themselves. While it is ideal that you never encounter these issues due to having adequate network security protocols put into place, you should also be ready to respond to attacks should the need arise. Sometimes threats are strictly destructive in nature, deleting or corrupting data, while others might have other intentions, like extorting funds out of victims. Regardless, hacking attacks could certainly be considered disasters, so you should be ready to prevent and respond to them as needed.

Implement a Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution

If you take appropriate measures to protect your business from disasters, you will find that you can more confidently move forward with operations knowing that you have a plan in place in case of the worst. Reciprocal Technologies can equip your business with a data backup and disaster recovery solution that can minimize data loss and practically eliminate downtime. To learn more, reach out to us at (317) 759-3972.