Modern businesses need a safety net to ensure their continued success and survival in the face of an uncertain future.
Hacker attacks, service disruptions, random software glitches, natural disasters, and simple mistakes by employees can all disrupt a business’ operations.
One major safety net that your business can use to make itself safer would be a business continuity disaster recovery (BCDR) plan.A comprehensive disaster recovery (DR) solution can make your business safer in a number of ways, such as:
Preventing Loss of Data from Accidental Deletions
It happens even to the best employees: the mouse cursor was just a few pixels off and instead of deleting a single unneeded file, the entire expense report folder for August is gone. Worse yet, you need that info to pay your suppliers, subcontractors, etc.
Disaster recovery solutions can help avoid data loss by allowing you to recover the lost data from the backup server.
Of course, depending on the OS and method of deletion, there are other ways to recover “deleted” files. DR just gives you a way to recover files that have been wiped.
Thwarting Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware attacks can target any business large or small. In a ransomware attack, encryption malware is uploaded to the victim’s network. Once uploaded, this malware begins encrypting all of the data it can: blocking the business’ access to its own data.
Once encryption malware is finished, the hacker threatens to delete the decryption key unless the target agrees to pay a ransom.
Businesses with a comprehensive disaster recovery solution can easily thwart ransomware attacks by:
- Activating their replication environment to take over the load for the corrupted production environment.
- Scrubbing the corrupted drives clean of all data & malware.
- Downloading the clean data from the uncorrupted backup environment.
This allows businesses to recover their data with a minimum amount of disruption. However, it’s important to make sure that the backup environment is protected against malware. If the replicated data becomes corrupted, then it won’t be useable for recovery.
Minimizing Disruption from a Disaster Event
Any kind of a disaster event can cause massive disruption to a business, whether it’s a power outage at your primary datacenter, a hacking attack that destroys your data, a random employee accidentally wiping out the wrong folder of mission-critical data, or anything else.
By creating a replica of your primary production environment in a remote location, a DR solution can empower a business to quickly restore normal operations after a disaster happens. Considering that the costs of a disaster increase the longer it takes to recover, this can be a life-saver for businesses.
Disaster recovery is a powerful safety net for businesses—one that helps ensure a rapid return to normal operations after what would otherwise be a catastrophic event. However, not all DR solutions are the same.
Before adopting a solution, there are many things you should check for, such as recovery time and recovery point objectives, testing, and more.
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