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Have You Planned for Disaster?

Does your business have Disaster Continuity Planning, hopeful we can convince you that it is something you need to do if you don’t have it yet?

What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

September is National Preparedness Month, and it appears that the hurricane season is already off to a devastating start. So, it seems prudent to ask, have you planned for disaster?

Don’t think that moving your data offsite is the only thing you should be doing. As it is imperative to move all critical policies, procedures, forms, customer and vendor lists, phone numbers for key personnel offsite to name a few.

The safety and health of your business is the primary duty of you as a business owner or business executive.  However, too many companies don’t even give a second thought to the potential dangers that every business faces on a daily basis.  When you own a business then you need to take action and prepare! If a disasters like a fire1, flood2 3 act of terrorism, cyber-attack, or the actions of a disgruntled employee caused your business to close would you be prepared to handle the outage?

Unfortunately, many companies continue to downplay the need for a full-fledged disaster plan, it might sometimes seem that your own organization can get by without one, right? Unfortunately, a company that is not prepared for potential disaster faces a wide variety of risks. Let’s take a look at some of the ways a lack of disaster recovery planning can be disastrous to any company.

Disaster things to consider?

  • Lost Sales and income?
  • Increased expenses (e.g., overtime labor, outsourcing, expediting costs, etc.)?
  • Regulatory fines?
  • Contractual penalties or loss of contractual bonuses?
  • Customer dissatisfaction or defection?
  • Delay of new business plans?

Some Facts

       1 According to Arson Prevention Bureau When a fire happens “Many businesses never entirely recover – losing orders, contracts, key employees or may go out of business resulting in lost jobs and services to the community”
       2 According to FEMA After a natural disaster, many home and business owners do not find out until it is too late that their homeowners and business insurance policies do not cover flooding.
       3 According to FEMA Federal disaster assistance declarations are issued in fewer than 50 percent of flooding events. Where does that leave you?

So where do I start? 

First, you put a solid back up strategy in place.   Slick Cyber Systems offers an Offsite Backup solution that is absolute state-of-the-art. Your data is protected in a Class 3 data center then replicated to two others. Class 3 data centers can withstand a nuclear strike. Tape drives are very expensive to install and even more so to maintain. You never know when they will fail and you need someone to get the tapes offsite to a safe place, which takes discipline and time. Time is money. By using Slick Cyber Systems Offsite Backup, you’ll never have to worry about that again. We do everything including the daily monitoring of your backups. This is the future of Disaster Recovery.

Don’t think that moving your data offsite is the only thing you should be doing. It is imperative to move all critical policies, procedures, forms, customer and vendor lists, phone numbers for key personnel offsite. Call us; we can help you get the right Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan in place to give you and your insurer’s peace of mind.

Should a disaster occur,  Do you know how long it will take to be fully operational, The most important thing you can do for your company is to create and maintain a Business Recovery / Disaster Recovery Plan. A disaster can strike any business at any time. Don’t think you’ll never be the one and lose your entire life’s work and savings. Protect yourself today by having Slick Cyber Systems help create and maintain this plan.

Give us a call (570) 371-5800 or visit us online www.slickcybersystems.com