Protect your Business from Data Loss: 5 Questions to Build your Disaster Recovery Plan

03 May 2016

It is a fact that 70% of businesses that suffer a major data loss are out of business within 18 months. The most common cause of data loss is a hardware or system failure and this could be caused by something as basic as a power cut or power surge. Only you know what your business data is worth and what investment you are prepared to make to safeguard it but if you don’t yet have a disaster recovery plan, answering the five key questions below will enable you to build one today to protect your business against data loss.

  1. What is your business critical data? Where is it stored? It might be in Sage, emails, shared data folders, or stored on individual users laptops
  2. How often is that data backed up? How confident are you that you could restore from that back-up?
  3. Where is that back-up stored? Is it protected against flood and fire?
  4. If files are accidentally deleted, can you restore to an earlier version?
  5. If you lost your business critical data, what cost would it involve to restore that work or restore from the latest back-up? Would it be a day’s wages for all employees or a week’s wages?

Think of your disaster recovery as a three tier system: you need to protect against individual PC failure and accidental file deletion as well as a total system failure. We recommend a hybrid solution to cover all of these potential points of data loss that could seriously affect your business.

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