Disasters happen, but it's how you recover from them that counts. With a little planning, your business can be up and running again quickly after any type of disaster. Here are some tips to get you started.
To ensure you are protected, get beyond these myths and misconceptions about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Are business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) the same thing? Surprisingly, the answer is no - BC and DR are two separate processes that can help protect business operations in different ways. It's essential to understand this distinction in order to ensure your business is fully protected. Doing business without BCDR can leave your business vulnerable to downtime, a lack of security from cyber threats, and other risks that could have long-lasting effects on the business. Learn all you need to know about BCDR, from understanding business needs analysis to exploring the preparedness strategies available. By separating the myths from reality, you'll simplify the process of putting in place the best BCDR measures for your business.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Myths and Misconceptions
Whether you are new to BCDR or looking for an upgrade, it’s important to get beyond common myths and see the bigger picture.
Myth #1: BCDR seems unnecessary for a business my size
It can be easy to assume that small and mid-sized businesses don't need to worry about having a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan in place, but the fact is encryption technology, ransomware attacks and unexpected outages could crash your system at any time. Having a BCDR strategy helps SMBs prepare for disruptions ahead of time and prevent costly repairs or data loss. A reliable BCDR plan gives you encryption for online data protection, secure backups, support for recovery in case of an outage or attack, and better peace of mind knowing your business operations are safe. Don't let the myth that BCDR is unnecessary for small to medium businesses stop you from protecting your company.
Myth #2: Backup is good enough
Don't believe the myth that backups are good enough! While backups certainly provide a layer of protection ensuring that you can recover data if something bad happens, alone they are not sufficient. Without full business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) measures in place, catastrophic events like ransomware attacks could incur time-consuming and costly losses. For small-to-mid size businesses (SMBs), time is a precious commodity as it goes hand-in-hand with money. So, taking care to back up data is important but make sure to also have disaster recovery procedures in your preparedness plan.
Myth #3: I don’t have to worry about BCDR because most of my data is in the cloud
Far too many people make the mistake of thinking that BCDR isn't an important consideration because their data is typically stored in the cloud with Microsoft, Google, or another provider. However, BCDR concerns extend far beyond simple file sync issues - BCDR also encompasses auditing and compliance, fraud prevention, and even responding to security breaches. With malicious actors targeting cloud providers just as often as on-premise systems, BCDR should be a top priority for anyone storing data in the cloud environment. Ignoring BCDR can cost you time, money and peace of mind - all three are very valuable in today's digital age.
Myth #4: All clouds are the same
It's a common misconception that all clouds are the same and offer equal protection against data loss and system outages. While cloud technology has made significant strides in recent years, this isn't necessarily true. Different vendors provide different levels of performance, security, and storage capabilities. It's important to understand which vendor provides the best fit for your specific business needs. Additionally, ensuring that you have a reliable BCDR strategy in place is critical — no matter which cloud provider you use. Doing your research ahead of time can save you money and headaches in the long run by helping ensure your data is safe from possible disasters or cyber-attacks.
Myth #5: All BCDR solutions offer equal protection against business risk
BCDR, or business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, offer a great way to protect your business from risks like system outages, data loss, cyber attacks, and more. But BCDR solutions are far from 'one size fits all'. Not all BCDR options provide the same protection against these risks in equal measure. For example - local backup solutions might help with restoring capabilities should you suffer any local outages, but won't do anything to protect you against cyberattacks; cloud backups will happily store your data offsite adding an extra layer of safety to your files – but they won’t help any with failover solutions if the cloud goes down. BCDR is an essential step for protecting businesses from risk, but it's important to make sure that you're using the right BCDR solution for your business needs.
Beyond the Myths: A Complete Cloud BCDR Solution
Mytec Solutions has partnered with Datto/Kaseya to bring you a complete BCDR solution that covers all your bases and gives you peace of mind that your data is safe and secure. With our solution, you get both on-site and cloud backups, as well as a complete disaster recovery plan that ensures you are prepared for any eventuality.
No one ever wants to think about what could happen if their business was caught in the middle of a disaster, but it’s important to be prepared. By following these tips, you can create a disaster recovery plan that will help minimize the damages and keep your business running, no matter what happens. And if you’re not sure where to start or have questions about how to best prepare your business, we’re here to help. Get in touch today to learn more – we’d love to answer your questions.