Why Your Business Needs an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
- Post by Janet Gehring
- September 21, 2017
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), almost 40% of small businesses never reopen after a disaster. What about your business?
Do you have a plan to use your IT if you can’t get into your office or, worse, if it’s destroyed?
Cleveland is the second safest place to live in the country based on impact from natural disasters (not including blizzards). While we won’t see a hurricane here, we are likely to see the occasional severe snowstorm. Plus, don’t discount the risks from fire, flood or cyberthreats that could prevent your business from functioning.
A disaster recovery plan allows you to get your business up and running after a catastrophic event, including extreme weather or a situation that damages your hardware beyond repair. It’s more than simply having a data backup.
In Northeast Ohio, our greatest concerns for natural disasters are tornados or severe winter storms. But what if the “disaster” is smaller, like a rainstorm that knocks power out at your office for a few days and you’re locked out? What would be expected of your employees? How would your customers be affected? It’s important to think through these scenarios in advance.
If you have a plan, make sure you review it annually. If you don’t have a plan, now is the time to get started. If you never need to implement it, all the better.
Learn more about IT disaster recovery planning from Ready.gov.
If you’d like to know more about how CRU Solutions can help with business IT services, contact us.