When you think of disaster recovery what comes to mind? Anything? If you’re a business owner, particularly a small or medium size business, it should be on your mind a lot. But with other obligations competing for your attention thinking about how you might keep on carryin’ on gets pushed to the back with fingers crossed.
Unfortunately this is the common thinking for many small and medium businesses (SMBs). Symantec’s 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey shows that most businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place, forty-one percent said it never occurred to them to have a plan and about the same number said it wasn’t a priority.
Other alarming results:
- The median cost of downtime for an SMB is $12,500 per day.
- Less than half of SMBs back up their data weekly and only twenty-three percent back up daily.
- Of those SMBs with plans only twenty-eight percent have ever tested them.
Other research has shown that more than 1 in 4 businesses will experience a significant crisis in a given year and of those with no emergency plans in place forty-three percent never reopen and only twenty-nine percent of them are open two years later.
Disasters don’t have to be major such as a tornado or a hurricane. It could be a fire, flood (from the sky or a broken water pipe) or street construction that keeps your customers away for weeks (see previous broken water pipe). A chemical leak from a nearby plant could also shut you down for days. It could also be a cybertheft incident that corrupts your data from outside or even delivers a virus that stops you in your tracks.
In other words anything can happen and it probably will.
DataComm Plus can protect your business with several data support, management and recovery options. We offer cloud storage and monitoring, virtual private servers, colocation and data backup services so your critical information and operating systems will be protected and accessible and you can carry on business as usual. We have the resources and expertise to address any potential technological disaster and (literally) keep your head above water.
At DataComm Plus we also know that protecting your information is only part of a disaster recovery solution for your business. So we’ve compiled a list of resources to assist you in formulating the best plan for your organization. Because disasters happen and whether its data backup, decision making, or continued communication having a plan will go far in keeping your doors open.
Emergency Management is an all-hazards online publication for emergency management, public safety and homeland security stakeholders. This is a fantastic and timely resource for any sort of disaster management.
Ready.gov offers tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. Includes a ready response plan and business continuity plan.
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety features a program called Open For Business designed to assist small businesses in their efforts to prepare and cope with the effects of a disaster. They have made available a free print version of the program.