Your Business Data in a Hurricane or Other Disaster

If you live near a hurricane or some other natural (or man made disaster area for that matter) it is EVEN MORE important that you take all the precautions you can to secure your data. If you come into the office after a HUGE storm and find your servers under water – will you panic?
You will panic if your data is not backed up and safely stored and easily accessible.
“Every business and home computer user should have a disaster recovery plan in place to ensure that Mother Nature doesn’t destroy their data or disable their system,” said David A. Milman, CEO of RESCUECOM, a technology consulting franchise. “Waiting until the evacuation call comes to being thinking about how you’re going to save your important information is too late. Backing up your data now is absolutely crucial, particularly for businesses who simply can’t afford to be down.”
A remote back up service is best to ensure that your data is backed up locally but also securely backed up off site.
RESCUECOM recommends that the following suggestions be considered as companies and individuals develop their own disaster recovery plans:
* Back-up Your Data! – Data should be backed-up on a daily basis. There
are various methods of back-up, including tape, portable hard drives,
CDs, flash drives and remote back-up systems. Particularly during a
disaster, remote back-up, which easily allows data to be replicated in a
separate location often out of state, is ideal. It is also helpful to
keep truly essential files on a portable hard drive or portable flash
drive that can be removed quickly.
* Shut Your System Down – When the evacuation order comes, after backing
up your data be sure to shut down and unplug your system as directed by
manufacturer and installer requirements.
* Identify A Designated Data Protector – Particularly for businesses, it
is important that one individual be tasked with being responsible to
secure the company’s data when a disaster occurs.
* When the Evacuation Order Comes, Evacuate Your Computer/Server – When
time and circumstances allow, bringing your computer/server with you is
a good way to ensure it remains secure.
* Use a Quality Surge Protector With Uninterruptible Power Supply Battery
Back-Up – If you choose to leave your system in place, be sure to use a
high quality surge protector combined with an uninterruptible power
supply battery backup to protect computers from electric irregularities
that have the potential to ruin circuitry.
* Once The Damage is Done, Call In A Professional – If disaster strikes
and your computer or server is clearly damaged, a reputable computer
services company should be used to assess the damage and see what is
recoverable. Do not allow a novice to attempt it alone as further
damage may occur or make the situation worse and destroy any recoverable
data.
For those not sure about which method is most appropriate for their situation, they can call 1-800-RESCUE7 to arrange for an on-site analysis by a RESCUECOM technician, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Those interested in learning more about RESCUECOM’s remote back-up service can also call 1-800-RESCUE7.
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