What Is a Business Continuity Plan?
Did you know…
Ransomware attacks increased by 36% in 2017.1
The average amount demanded after a ransomware attack is $1,077.2
1 in 131 emails contains malware.3
43% of cyber-attacks are aimed at small businesses.4
It takes most businesses about 197 days to detect a breach on their network.5
These are just a few scary numbers that are only predicted to increase in the coming years. In fact, there is no end in sight regarding the ongoing threat of data breaches and computer system intrusions anywhere in the world. It’s a highly profitable business with little to no overhead expenses. This is truly crime that pays… and pays well. That’s why data backup is so important.
Why Data Backup Is Essential to Your Business
Simply put, data backup is another copy of your business records kept in a secondary, more secure location. And having no computer backup is like going through every day without an umbrella. There’s never a question about whether it’s going to rain. It WILL rain someday. And if you aren’t protected, you’re going to get wet.
The same analogy can be applied to your business computer network. At some point, you WILL encounter a data loss, data breach, computer virus or other cyberthreat. Perhaps an employee clicked on an unsecure or unfamiliar link in an email, which prompted an intrusion. A devastating storm, fire or flood could hit your business and your computers and onsite server are damaged, resulting in a data loss. Or perhaps, you log onto your computer system one Monday morning only to discover your data has been hijacked and is being held for ransom.
Again, it’s not a matter of if, but when.
Protecting Your Business and Your Data
Think about what’s most important to your business today… Does data come to mind? If not, it should. Your data is arguably the most vital asset to your business. And if any critical information is lost or compromised, the resulting costs and impact can be severe.
At Trinity Solutions, our backup and disaster recovery solutions are designed to ensure that your most vital information is both secure and protected. What we offer is more than just a backup. You get a complete business continuity plan. This means that when disaster strikes, you can rest easy knowing that your business will be back on its feet quickly—and your data will be completely recovered.
Data Backup Options
Your onsite computers are the most vulnerable place to store your business information. And if you are using a server to backup and store your company data, you need to back up your server too. You should always keep multiple daily backups of your entire computer system in multiple places, in case your data or security is compromised.
You have several options, or layers of defense, when backing up your business data.
Local backups are essentially onsite backups that serve as your first line of defense for saving copies of files, documents, photos, and projects. Local backups include hard drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives, tape drives or other storage devices that are either connected to your system or kept separate. However, due to cyberthreats and the potential for natural disasters, these should never be your only option for data security.
Server Backup / Data Center Backup
Servers can be kept onsite or offsite at a data center. Servers have the capability of backing up all contents of all computers in your network in one place. They serve as a secondary and necessary line of defense to protect your company data, including software and computer programs. However, servers can also be subject to compromise, intrusion, and natural disasters.
Online File Storage
Yet another line of defense in backing up your company data is using online file storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox. These services are useful for storing copies of certain files, such as photos, projects, and documents. However, it is not useful for storing software and other essential products that allow your files to be viewed.
Cloud backups consist of secure offsite copies of your data, including all software programs, that are stored in remote servers that can only be accessed through the internet. Cloud backups are a highly reliable way to protect your data offsite, and they can be accessed at any time of day or night. If disaster ever strikes your onsite data, the cloud data will always be available. And with a simple download, you will be back to business in minutes.
What Is a Business Continuity Plan?
Every business needs to be ready in case a threat becomes reality.
If it’s important to your business to remain operational with minimal downtime, you may need a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). A BCP determines all possible threats to your company’s operations to ensure that your business operations can continue during a crisis, emergency or disaster. Threats can include flood, fire, a weather disaster or cyberattack.
With a Business Continuity Plan in place, you can be assured that Trinity Solutions will have your company’s best interests at the top of our list should a disaster strike. Our Business Continuity Plan contains the following key features to keep your business operational.
- Complete end-to-end backup management
- Threat analysis
- Task analysis to keep work flowing
- Management contact information
- Block-level encryption
- Continuous data protection technology
- Fully managed & monitored systems
- Cloud replication
- Off-site virtualization
- And more!