Monthly Archives: May 2020

May 29

Why You Can’t Skip on a Disaster Recovery Plan

By Twin Networks Staff | Blog

You’ve seen the headlines. You know the risk of cyber breaches. You’ve seen the effects of natural disasters. So, what’s holding you back from protecting your company? The solution is simple – a disaster recovery solution protects you from the inevitable, yet many companies fail to implement them. Why? Because they don’t think a disaster will happen to them. It’s time for companies to get their heads out of the sand and realize the real risk involved in not having a disaster recovery plan. Here are the top four disasters companies face every year.

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Machines and Hardware Fail

No matter how new or innovative your technology is, all forms of technology have a lifespan, and hardware failure is bound to happen. According to a study conducted by Backblaze, the average lifespan of a hard drive is only four years. A comprehensive disaster recovery plan not only means backing up your data, but it also incorporates asset management to inventory and track your hardware’s lifespan to ensure a failure doesn’t interrupt your service or cause data loss.

Mistakes Happen, Nobody’s Perfect

Human error comes in many forms, from accidentally deleting a major file on the server and clicking on malicious email links to spilling coffee on a machine – nobody’s perfect, and human error is bound to happen. In fact, 47 percent of major IT incidents in small and medium businesses were caused by human error. A disaster recovery plan can make sure your data is backed up and protected as well as ensure firewalls and antivirus is up to date.

Customers Have High Expectations

In today’s competitive world, customer service can be the deciding factor of why someone would do business with you over another. You can’t let them down because it’d be too easy for them to take their business elsewhere and regaining their trust and confidence once you’ve lost them can be nearly impossible. A disaster recovery plan can keep the relationship between you and your customers strong with little to no gaps in service in the event that a disaster happens.

You’re Only as Strong as Your Weakest Link

No business is completely immune to disasters but having a plan in place today will help you tomorrow. Why would you even risk it? Having a plan and redundancies to protect your data will protect your people and your business. Even in your worst-case scenario, your disaster recovery plan will keep you protected from data loss and minimize downtime.

Disasters are bound to happen – and we can help. Our disaster recovery experts are here to give you the support and knowledge you need to protect your people and your business. Contact us today to learn more and get started.

May 01

Developing New Habits During COVID-19: Data Backup Essentials

By Twin Networks Staff | Blog

Running your business during COVID-19 is hard, period. The last thing you need to experience during this crisis is a devastating loss of data—in fact, there’s a chance that a significant breach could damage your reputation or even put you out of business. Now is the time to make sure you have a plan in place that handles data backup for your employees and ensures information on your devices remain safe no matter where they are.

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Here are four ways to improve your data backup strategies during COVID-19:

1. Get into a New Routine – Default settings might be good enough most of the time, but not during COVID-19. If you want to ensure you never lose data again, you’re going to need to optimize your parameters for automatic backups, making specific adjustments to the settings that suit your business needs. While you’re at it, you might want to revert to backing up some of your most important personal and professional files outside of the cloud.
2. Adjust Your Settings – As your digital footprint grows, your data backup strategies should become more sophisticated, too. Everyone has experienced a time when they’ve lost something important, but honestly thought that they’d backed it up correctly. Whether you want to admit it or not, there are probably some default settings that your employees have never even looked at on their work devices. Failing to adjust your default settings could cost you time and money, so be sure to update them as your company’s needs change.
3. Train Your Team Members – Chances are you’re going to experience some turnover in the next few months due to circumstances outside of your control. While some employees are used to working remotely and can operate with little-to-no tech supervision, others will need education about best practices for storing and backing up information in a way that is both secure and accessible. Setting aside time to educate your employees about some data backup essentials now could prevent you from suffering the pain of a major disruption down the road.
4. Encrypt Your Data – By now, you’ve probably guessed that backing up your data is only one piece of the puzzle. If you want to make sure that your data is not only stored properly, but that it couldn’t be accessed even if it was lost or stolen, it’s time to invest in better data encryption. Being able to retrieve and restore your sensitive information is important—but making sure it stays secure is another story. It’s time to start asking questions about where your data is stored and how it is being protected.

In a time of crisis, your staff will be turning to you for direction—and your customers might, too. Don’t get caught off guard by something you can easily avoid, like losing data due to human error or a failed automatic backup. That’s why, as a managed services provider, we’re prepared to guide you through the COVID-19 crisis with trusted IT advice that will help you back up your data today and keep it secure well into the future. Contact our team of experts today to learn more about data backup essentials that support your business continuity plan.