A disaster, such as a fire, theft of equipment, hacking or virus outbreak, could happen to any organisation at any time. Destruction of IT systems and loss of data can stop an organisation in it’s tracks, preventing it from working with clients and customers and providing it’s services. It’s no wonder that 93% of companies which lost their data centre for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster and 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately. (National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)
Planning for disasters
A key part of disaster recovery is planning for all possible eventualities which could prevent an organisation from accessing their IT and communications systems and data. There is a set of industry standardised disasters to work with, but these need to be carefully assessed to make sure that they fit each organisation. Once this list has been completed, contingency measures can be put in place and procedures drawn up to ensure that disasters affect an organisation as little as possible.
It should be obvious that planning for a disaster should be a key part of any organisation’s business planning. At IXCG, as well as providing disaster planning and recovery consultancy, we also provide services including managed security services, remote monitoring, remote data backup, bonded stock and high availability systems planning, installation and training.
Dealing with disasters
As the old saying goes “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”; in other words, preventing a disaster is always better that dealing with one! However, disasters do happen and, sometimes, there isn’t a disaster recovery plan or the plan doesn’t go far enough and additional help is needed.
Whether you are suffering from a virus or malware outbreak or the aftermath of a fire or robbery, IXCG is perfectly placed to help. We offer malware removal, data recovery, loan equipment and rebuild services so that staff can get back to work within hours of a disaster.
Alternately, our IXCG DataSafe Disaster Recovery service combines data protection and near instant failover into the cloud starting at only £5/month (for a Windows 10 machine).