5 Data Backup Tips To Protect Your SMB from Failure

Aug 22, 2017 9:15:00 AM

For most small business owners, their enterprise is everything.

So why don’t they backup their data?

Small Business Trends reports that 58 percent of SMBs are not prepared for a data loss and 60 percent will go out of business within six months of a loss.

Natural disasters and accidents can account for a number of these incidents, but small businesses are ripe targets for cyber criminals. More than 1-in-10 have fallen victim to hackers.  

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Despite these risks, too few small businesses take steps to protect themselves with basic security. BizReport notes: “As to what small businesses are using to protect themselves, fewer than 20 percent are using antivirus software, antimalware software, or firewalls. Fewer than 15 percent are using spam filters or are running regular scans to detect vulnerable places within their infrastructure.”

You wouldn’t leave for the day and not lock the door. Why leave the data out for criminals to steal?

With data being at the heart of your enterprise, it’s important to have an emergency plan in place. Just as you have fire insurance, make a plan to ensure you can get your data after a disaster.

You can avoid the heartbreak of losing a business by immediately taking steps to protect your data. Here are 5 recommendations to get you started:

  1. Designate staff roles for an emergency Whether it is one person or the team, know what each person will be doing if data is lost or compromised.

  2. Set up a backup location for disaster Have an offsite location where data can be backed up but made accessible only when disaster occurs. Backup information in more than one location just in case the disaster is regional, or hackers have breached more than one site.

  3. Test Backups have yearly — or better yet, quarterly — plans to test backups. Part of the advantage of being a small business is being able to pivot quickly. Make sure your data and business plan is up-to-date to cover the latest changes and lessen the interruption to your customers.

  4. Choose the best storage method for you. Make sure you have a business-class grade backup system. The inexpensive external drive has been popular for many, but cloud-based systems are gaining popularity. It is forecasted that 78 percent of SMBs will choose cloud backup by 2020.

  5. Have a data recovery plan. Make sure your employees know how to recover data, because that time is confidence lost by customers. The worst thing in the world would be to back up that data but not be able to access it.

You don’t have to put your business through this sort of stress test. Not alone, anyway.

Managing all these essential data backups can overwhelm an already busy small business where everyone has multiple responsibilities. A reliable MSSP like Istonish is a smart alternative to that stress.

Managed Backups at Istonish include moving the encrypted data from your site to multiple remote facilities for backup. Password-protected copies are electronically vaulted and are monitored against events that affect hardware and software, and priced to fit your budget.

Contact Istonish and know your data is secure as you focus on what’s important: Your customers.

Al Roesner

Written by Al Roesner

Data Protection Engineer

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