Going to War on Data Disasters

September 8, 2016

You might not think of a security breach as your company’s worst nightmare, but quite honestly, it could be.  In fact, the most common business disasters are most often due to data loss.

It’s easy to associate the word disaster with those considered to be of natural origin; tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and even fires. Yes, those need to be considered and appropriate responses planned, but what about the cyber-based disasters looming overhead? Too often we don’t prepare for data loss the same way we do for other disasters. Envision the following: what would you do if one day you walked in to your office and found a security breach – say, ransomware?

As the Director of IT, I find it all too common that small to medium size businesses don’t have an emergency plan in place for data recovery - which can be quite crippling or even deadly to a business. In fact, data loss costs businesses billions of dollars every year! An even bigger concern are the amount of businesses who are unfamiliar with the number of data risks out there. 

Let’s take a brief look at ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware built by cybercriminals to encrypt your data in an attempt to extort money from you. Ransomware is no laughing matter! According to a McAfee labs study, the identified types of malware increased from about 400,000 in Q3 of 2013 to over 4 million by Q2 of 2015; moreover, Symantec recently estimated that 68,000 computers are infected monthly, mostly by ransomware – and anyone can be affected by it.

Unfortunately, this is only one of many hazards that can attack your business. Viruses and other malware, spam, denial of service attacks, social engineering, and theft of data are all a part of the risk landscape.

While no solution or combination of solutions can prevent all disasters from occurring – proper planning can minimize your chances of significant damages.

The elements of a good plan include the following:

  • A reliable backup solution (including off-site rotation) as a part of a disaster recovery/business continuity plan.
  • Multiple types of security defenses, known as defense in depth, to minimize risks.
  • Education for yourself and your staff. It is crucial to start at the top and work your way down. There are many seminars and workshops available!

It is essential business leaders not be ashamed or embarrassed if they don’t have a plan in place or the wherewithal to begin the implementation process. Networks Plus exists to partner with businesses to build, develop, and execute data disaster recovery plans. You don’t have to go it alone. We are here to help you in the war against data disasters!