Companies need to make sure they are planning for the worst with disaster recovery.

Poor data protection policies are a disaster waiting to happen

Stephen Perkins

Non-existent or incomplete disaster recovery systems can be a problem waiting to happen for small and midsize businesses, according to a recent blog post by the CEO of On Hold Company, Bryant Wilson. Using online data backup to ensure the company is safe even in the event of a natural disaster may be one of the better decisions an SMB makes regarding long-term protection.

"Most businesses have a disaster recovery plan – somewhere," he wrote. "I bet if everyone in your office dug through all the dusty notebooks on their shelves, someone might even find one. When was the last time you reviewed it, as a management team or with the entire staff? Is it still relevant? Is it customized to your particular location, or is it a cookie-cutter printout you got to fulfill a mandate from somewhere?"

With an outdated plan, there may not be a good plan for data backup and recovery, leaving information that is necessary out of reach of the business. Planning for disaster means keeping everything in perspective, with the best disaster recovery plan giving employees the tools and training to help keep their data in check and safe for disasters. Wilson said one of the most critical tasks is to have team members assigned to tasks with the tools needed to help revive the organization as well as possible.

According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 93 percent of companies that lose their data for 10 or more days end up filing for bankruptcy within a year and 94 percent of businesses who experience a catastrophic data loss do not survive. For SMBs who rely on data on their computers, it may be time to look into an online data backup plan to help just in case a worst case scenario disaster hits. While companies can always hope for the best, it is imperative to plan for the worst.

Categories: Disaster Recovery