Downtime got you down? Here are 5 steps to stay up and running!

IT downtime in your business can be caused by so many things – hardware failure, power surges, security breaches, storms, coffee spills, just to name a few. But no one cares WHY they’re down when they count on being up and running!

So, what’s the quickest way to get your business running again? At IT Direct, we use the axiom “proper preparation prevents poor performance,” in other words, plan ahead!

Yup, not the answer you were hoping for, I’m sure, but it’s the best way to ensure that downtime doesn’t ruin your day, your week, or even, possibly, your business.  Read more

Top 5 ways to prepare for a ransomware attack

Ransomware attack!
A top cybersecurity threat for businesses today is ransomware – a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. In fact, 12 Connecticut state agencies were just attacked with ransomware, with 160 computers affected. Luckily, the attack was thwarted by the state’s excellent multi-layered cybersecurity strategy.

Your business needs to be prepared too. And just like the state of CT, the multi-layered approach is the best way to do it.

Here are the top 5 ways to prepare for a ransomware attack: Read more

disaster recovery planning

Avoid Setbacks and Mishaps with Disaster Recovery Planning

Disaster recovery planning can keep your business afloat throughout any interruption, if it’s done right. From floods to power outages, many incidents can threaten to take you down. A good disaster recovery plan takes every possibility into account and sets up a strategy to deal with each issue in a way that keeps your business going throughout the worst.

A lot of companies think that the worst won’t happen to them. They find themselves in trouble when it does. Disaster recovery planning is vital for the long-term health of your business. Don’t delay for any reason. When you’re running a business, make disaster recovery planning a high priority. You will be thankful if you ever need to implement your plan!

What Is Disaster Recovery Planning?

Disaster recovery planning involves determining what events could cause issues for your company, then creating a specific recovery plan that addresses every problem that a disaster could create for your internet technology system.

For example, a power outage, whether long or short, could shut down your ability to communicate with clients. With disaster recovery planning, you will have made arrangements for backup power to keep your communications active.

Disaster recovery planning is more than having your data backed up. Having your data stored safely off-site is important, especially when there are physical threats to your information, but you also need to know why and when you will implement your plan, how you will operate from an alternate location if necessary, and how you will communicate with clients and others affected by your downtime.

Disaster recovery planning also sets out the prioritization of data restoration, so that the most important information is restored first. The same holds true for systems – for instance, your company may rely heavily on email, which means that you will want to get your email up and running as soon as possible, before other systems like websites and social media are brought back online.

Why Your Company Needs Disaster Recovery Planning

If you’re unsure of whether or not your company needs disaster recovery planning, consider what would happen if you lost your data and/or your connections, unexpectedly. Would you be able to carry on business as usual, or would you have upset customers, confused staff, and a host of problems to deal with if and when your company came back online?

If a short or prolonged power outage would cause problems for your business, it is well worth implementing a disaster recovery plan. You will be able to keep your data secure, keep your clients and staff informed, and get back to business as usual with a clear and solid strategy. Having this plan in place is guaranteed to take much of the stress out of your business emergency.

Do not rely on good luck and a history of no issues to carry your company through. Disaster recovery planning is something that every business should investigate and implement. Get in touch with the friendly consultants at IT Direct to learn more.