How Will Your Business Protect Workers And Data In An Emergency?You hope it doesn’t happen — no one wants to see a business destroyed by something like Hurricane Sandy. But when it comes to natural disasters, theft and even hardware malfunctions, small businesses often are vulnerable and unprepared. Through disaster planning, you can help protect essential resources, especially data and workers.
If you think you’re protecting your data with a hard-drive backup in a safe, you’re fooling yourself. What if the next storm damages your entire site? In the United States, 94 percent of small businesses back up their critical financial data, but only 40 percent store it off-site, according to a recent article on the Forbes business magazine’s website. Having a local backup is a good start, but external hard drives break. What you really need is off-site automatic backup stored at least 50 miles away, the article suggests, or with an online data backup service.
Other security factors to consider include hardware failure and data theft. Cloud backup can automatically provide off-site backup, data encryption and physical security at data centers. Compared to getting past a cloud provider’s security, it would be infinitely easier for a hacker to steal unencrypted data directly from your computer, or for a thief to break a window and steal your laptop. Some cloud services can help retrieve stolen laptops and phones by tracking their IP addresses.
In the event of an emergency, businesses also need to protect and communicate with workers. Preparing employees for a disaster helps them get back to work quicker and shortens the recovery time for businesses to return to normal operations, the Forbes article suggests. In addition to planning for building evacuations and severe weather, a good automatic data backup system can help secure your employees’ personal information and records from loss or misuse.
When it comes to disaster planning, small businesses are better safe than sorry. When the next emergency comes, what’s protecting your inventory and workers? What steps are you taking to back up your data, including your accounting records, customer lists and other critical documents?
Source: Forbes.com, January 2013
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