Not all disasters come in the form of a flood or fire. You can predict weather effects that can create problems for your business, like storms that bring down power lines, but you can’t possibly predict when and how your organization will suffer from a data loss incident, or when it will occur. How do you deal with the threat of cyberattacks, weather outages and user errors?
Simple; by accepting that these will happen to you. The real question is “how prepared will you be for it”?
This is why backups, paired with a business continuity & disaster recovery plan, are so critical to your business.
Cyberattacks are Disasters, Too
You’re more likely to be impacted by cyberattacks than what a reasonable person would call a “disaster” (weather-wise), it doesn’t change the fact that the end results are strikingly similar to those of a flood or fire. Your infrastructure could potentially be rendered unusable for an extended period of time. For example, if your office is hit by a flood, chances are that it will sustain considerable damage that will keep employees from working (“business continuity”) until arrangements have been made to clean it up. When your network is hit by a cyberattack, you can’t let your employees on the network until it’s secure. Otherwise, you could make an already big problem much, much worse. Unless you have a proper plan in place, it’s a best practice to do so with a cybersecurity expert (like the ones you may find working at ActiveCo Technology Management !).
Cyberattacks are caused by a combination of two things: poor user security practices, and poor network security management practices. The former is a little harder to address, but for your network, you should be using a comprehensive enterprise-network security solution designed to keep threats out of your network. There are steps and details required to ensure these are set up properly, so many news-making breaches are usually due to improperly configured security, even at the largest organizations.
End-Users Don’t Help
Depending on how much they are trained in how to prevent disasters and secure your network, untrained users could become a major detriment to your organization’s survivability.
Untrained users can be a major problem for the health for your network. Since the untrained user may fall victim to social engineering scams or phishing attacks, having a strategy to provide comprehensive training to the people that utilize your organization’s computing network will pay dividends by delivering less downtime and a more effective network for your business.
Through proper training your staff should be able to identify potential security risks to your network and understand what actions to take (does your team know how to quarantine a spam email and how that positively impacts your network security?). ActiveCo Technology Management can help you secure your network on both a technical side and end-user side by providing security and data backup solutions designed to mitigate damage as a result of disasters.
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