How to Protect Your Business During Downtime


There is not a lot of time between news of hackers finding their way into a corporation's data and stealing customer information. Because we know that there are technological threats to guard against, we should take a proactive approach. Here’s how to protect your business due to downtime.

The Cost of Downtime

Considered a few aspects when thinking about the cost of downtime to your business. The calculation involves the number of employees their pay rate and average benefit cost times the total number of downtime hours. Primarily you’re considering the extent of profit loss when paying employees who can’t be productive. You also need to think loss of internet revenue if your company is tied to online profits.

IT downtime is terrible for all involved. Employees can’t access the server or data, and customers can’t make purchases. These risks are why an IT disaster recovery plan is crucial.

Setting Up Your Plan

There are four things to take into consideration when creating your disaster recovery plan.

1. Preventative Measures These are steps taken to prevent disasters. A load balancer is an example of a tool that spreads out network traffic amongst multiple servers so that if one server crashes your system can still run.

2. Detective Measures Proactive measures such as antivirus software protect your IT network from hackers and other malware that can cause systems to crash.

3. Corrective Measures A process or system created before a disaster to make sure you can recover data quickly and correctly.

4. Work with a managed IT services team Managed IT services will heed all the above recommendations for your network. This takes a weight off you and your IT team who need to focus on business-critical tasks.

An efficient disaster recovery plan is put into place before an event, is always on the defense, and has protocols set up for all what-ifs. If you want to learn more about having a managed IT services team set this up for you, call us today!

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