National security and business continuity were already on mind when I read that headline last week, and I thought, "OMG, how many businesses were affected by that communication outage? Virtually all of them I would think. They all depend on the internet, cellphones and telephones.”
As I type, the incident is being investigated, but according to the article, they’re calling it vandalism. They also mentioned sabotage. Whatever the cause was, it shut down the internet, cellphones and telephone service across portions of the state until the early morning hours the next day.
The thought of that is scary stuff. But you know what? Truth be told, it could happen to any of us.
National security and business continuity are not pleasant thoughts
No matter where you live on the Earth, businesses’ large and small alike can be prevented from performing their business by common disasters.
In the Midwest they talk about tornados. On the east coast they talk about hurricanes. In Hawaii they talk about erupting volcanos. Here in Oregon we talk about rain. Just kidding . . . kind of. What we talk about around here are disasters like fire, flood, theft and employee errors of commission and omission.
That said . . .
What about you? What if a major storm, flood, or fire destroyed your office and all of your files? Or if a virus wiped out your server . . . do you have a business continuity and emergency recovery plan in place that you feel confident in?
Now, imagine if you lost days or weeks of work – or imagine losing your client database, financial records, and all of the work files your company has ever produced or compiled. Imagine what would happen if your network went down for days and you couldn’t access e-mail or the information on your PC. How devastating would that be?
How quickly do you think you could recover, if at all?
According to the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, 93% of companies that lost their data for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster, and 50% filed for bankruptcy immediately.
According to Carbonite,70% of business people have experienced (or will experience) data loss due to accidental deletion, disk or system failure, viruses, fire or some other disaster.
If you do not have good answers to the above questions or a rock-solid disaster recovery plan in place, you are quite literally playing Russian roulette with your business. With the number of threats constantly growing, it’s not a matter of if you will have a problem, but rather a matter of when. And even though many people KNOW they should be backing up their data, we have found that most business owners are grossly misinformed about data back up and (more importantly) disaster recovery.
That’s why we created this FREE report, “12 Little-Known Facts Every Business Owner Must Know About Data Backup, Security And Disaster Recovery.” We wanted to give CEOs and executives an informative, easy to read guide that would explain what they need to know about backups, security and business continuity (a $.50 word for keeping your business up and running).
Just by asking for this report you are putting yourself far ahead most business owners who never get around to thinking about this issue until it’s too late. For that, I congratulate you and hope that you find in this report the information and the encouragement that you need to put the proper systems in place now so you can sleep easier at night knowing you’re prepared for the worst.
At your service,
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