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Blog | Jun 21, 2017

5 Reasons You Need a Great Data Recovery and Business Continuity Plan

Having access to the vital data that your business uses every day is one of the key factors in keeping your business running smoothly. In many cases, you might not be able to accomplish anything without it! By working to create a solid data recovery and business continuity plan, you'll create a much more effective business plan that will allow you to keep your business running in spite of potential disasters. 

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1. A business continuity plan will help you get up and running again faster.

The sooner you can get up and running again after an incident, whether it's a hardware problem on-site or a malware attack that takes down your network, the sooner you can get back to giving your customers the quality service that they expect from your business. The sooner you can get up and running again, the fewer customers you'll lose as a result of something that isn't even your fault--and the less your business will be impacted by the problem.

2. You can't guarantee when disaster will strike.

Many small businesses used to believe that they were safe from direct malware attacks. After all, why bother with them when there are so many other potential targets out there? Unfortunately, as of 2016, as much as 43% of cyber attacks were hitting small businesses. Hackers have found that small businesses are easier targets: they don't have as big a budget for security as larger companies, they're less likely to keep up with software updates that could close potential exploits, and as a result, they're softer, easier targets. Having a disaster recovery plan is critical for your business no matter its size.

3. Natural disasters are unpredictable.

Sure, you'll usually get warning before flooding becomes a problem, but tornadoes, fires, and other common disasters don't always send a warning label ahead of them. Instead of falling victim to a natural disaster, leaving your business unable to operate for days or weeks while your building is pieced back together, take the time to set up a data recovery plan that will allow you to maintain business continuity from a remote location. 

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4. Your company controls large volumes of data.

From vital credit card information or healthcare information to the complex web of data you gather about your customers, your business deals in a large quantity of data. You don't want to lose it and have to start over from scratch! Instead, create a data recovery plan that will restore your data from any point you choose, allowing you to dodge malware and other problems that may have made it impossible for you to use your network without missing any more data than is absolutely necessary.

5. Time is money.

Whether it's re-entering vital data or waiting for your system to come back up, the longer it takes to restore your systems following an incident, the more money your business is going to lose. Creating a solid data recovery system is just good business--and it's more practical for your company. 

6. People are fallible.

So are machines. From a secretary who accidentally clicks a link that introduces ransomware into your system to a machine that's simply past its usable life, things go wrong with your technology. You want to be sure that you're prepared for those eventualities and that your business is able to function as well as possible in spite of them.

Your data recovery system is your business's lifeline. No matter what happens around you, you need to be able to access and control your data as soon as possible. With a strong business continuity plan, you'll find that it's easy to keep doing business no matter where you are.

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Organizations continue to face growing downtime risks despite considerable investment in data protection measures. Downtime costs for major applications range from $10,000 - $70,000 per minute. TriCore Solutions can offer you the peace of mind and protection to get near real time recovery.

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