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How Disaster Recovery IT Pros Help Austin Companies Plan and Stay Prepared

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How Disaster Recovery IT Pros Help Austin Companies Plan and Stay Prepared

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Computer systems and data systems are essential for most companies in today’s business world. The average small business spends up to 7.16% of their revenue per year on IT services for business purposes. For these reasons alone, it’s absolutely crucial that every company has a recovery plan in place when disaster strikes.

What constitutes a disaster?

When it comes to information technology, “disaster” could mean a natural disaster, such as earthquake, flood, tornado, or fire. Any of these could cause substantial damage to a company’s infrastructure, including servers, computers, and other hardware.

But other disasters, such as cyber attacks, ransomware, and even employee negligence or theft are common, too. In fact, roughly 43% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses, who are often most susceptible to these types of threats.

What is disaster recovery?

Disaster recovery is the process of getting computer infrastructure up and running again, so businesses experience as little downtime as possible. A good disaster recovery plan will include:

  • A point-of-contact person or team
  • Immediate steps to take following a disaster
  • Data backups
  • Insurance information
  • An outlined plan of action in the event of various disaster scenarios
  • Documentation of software and recovery keys
  • Objectives regarding how often data should be backed up and the maximum amount of time a company can afford when it comes to recovery. These are called RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective), respectively.

How to Prepare for Disaster

There are obvious benefits to preparing for a disaster. For one, it ensures that normal business operations recover as soon as possible. It also helps mitigate the loss of company information during a disaster. Hardware is replaceable; disasters cause the most damage to a company’s data. Without a disaster recovery plan, it’s quite possible for a disaster to completely wipe out a company’s files, leaving them irretrievable. The average small business loses $8,000 each hour their systems are down from a disaster. Many of these organizations never reopen post-disaster.

Don’t risk your business. Get a plan and stay prepared. If you have questions or would like to create your own disaster recovery plan, please contact Integritek for more information. We proudly serve the Austin, Texas area.

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