Why have a disaster recovery plan and what could happen if you don’t?

A recent study reports that SMBs in the UK are targeted by some 65,000 cyberattacks every day – with roughly 4,500 succeeding.

There are many different types of cyberattack: from email-based threats like phishing, spoofing and whaling (90% of cyberattacks start from the inbox), to ransomware and advanced persistent threats, with cybercriminals remaining hidden before striking.

Thankfully, there are also many types of software and solutions to minimise risk and prevent cyberattacks. Criminals do sometimes get through though – perhaps due to a momentary lapse in concentration and an employee clicking on a malicious link. Should the worst happen, a backup and disaster recovery solution can mitigate damage, and with any luck, the attack will be more inconvenient than anything else.

Having a backup and disaster recovery plan can protect you against more than just cyberattacks. The devastation can be just as severe when natural and other manmade disasters strike – such as your office flooding, going up in flames, or a power failure. Lost revenue due to unplanned downtime is estimated to cost UK and Irish businesses over £2 billion per year. (!!!)

With a backup and disaster recovery solution like Azure Disaster Recovery in place, businesses can be back up and running in no time at all. It is easy to provision and tailor to your requirements. We can support you with the implementation, as well as specifying essential recovery details such as:

  • Setting your Recovery Time Objective (RTO): The maximum critical time between disaster striking and having your IT back up and working. For example, if you define your RTO to be four hours, the downtime following the issue can be no more than that.
  • Setting your Recovery Point Objective (RPO): The maximum amount of data that you deem acceptable to lose during a downtime. It’s specified as the interval of time between the most recent disaster recovery activity (such as backup) and the moment the disaster occurs. If you defined your RPO as three hours for example, then a backup should be carried out every three hours.

In addition to the cost resulting from unplanned downtime, there’s also the possibility of damaged reputation – particularly if resulting from a cyberattack. The report referenced at the beginning of this blog states that 44% of people would be put off using an organisation that had suffered a data breach. Ruined reputation could be fatal.

With Azure backup and disaster recovery you can safeguard your data, systems, business and reputation, regardless of whether you’re a small, medium or enterprise business.

Now more than ever, with the continued need for remote working, it is essential to ensure the safe working of your employees and the security of your business.

If you want to learn more about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solutions, join us for a webinar on Dec 15th!

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