Sleep Better Tonight Part 2: Protect Your Business and Your Zzz’s with a Backup Disaster Recovery Plan

Protect your data and your wallet by staying two steps ahead of every disaster

Wouldn’t it be nice if nothing bad ever happened?

No floods, no fires, no accidental “reply all” moments…

Well, sure—but we all know no matter how hard we try to avoid disasters, they’re inevitable!

In floodplains, people stockpile sandbags and keep their valuables in waterproof cases. In fire-prone areas, people keep go-bags filled with essentials, and they’ve got plans of what to do with their pets or livestock if they need to evacuate. (As for a reply-all disaster? Be sure to set your “undo send” time to at least 30 seconds!)

The correlation is clear. When disasters can happen, you need to have a backup plan in place. In the digital world, attacks of all kinds are increasing in frequency and intensity. It’s no longer a matter of “if” you’ll be the victim of a cyberattack, but “when.”

This means you need a backup plan—more specifically, a backup disaster and recovery plan (BDR).

What’s a BDR?

A backup disaster and recovery plan is a strategy designed to ensure the continuity of your business operations and protect the integrity of your data in the event of a disaster. BDR plans are built to cover an organization’s specific needs and often involve procedures and protocols for regularly backing up critical data, quickly recovering systems in the event of a disruption, and protecting your employees’ and clients’ sensitive information.

A BDR is useful whether the disaster you encounter is flood damage to your server and equipment, a targeted cyberattack, or even plain old human error. And don’t shrug these ideas off—employees falling victim to phishing attacks is a daily occurrence.

On top of well-known scamming techniques, hackers, or “threat actors,” have become a lot smarter and a lot more sophisticated… and your business is just as much of a target as any other. Your payroll and financial data are certainly targets, but so are customer records, email addresses, and social security numbers.

I don’t have any sensitive data. Do I still need a BDR?

You may have more to protect than you realize… including how well you can rest at night when the workday is done!

By having a BDR plan in place, you can:

  1. Minimize downtime: In business, it’s all about uptime. If you can’t make sales or access accounts because your data has been stolen by ransomware attackers, you’re losing money by the minute.
  2. Mitigate financial losses: The global average cost of a data breach in 2023 was… wait for it… 4.45 million dollars. Based on that figure, you won’t be surprised to hear many businesses never recover from a cyberattack. Having a BDR in place can help protect you. 
  3. Maintain customer trust and satisfaction: As you know, trust takes a long time to build, but it can be destroyed in an instant. The minute your customers know their data has been stolen, you lose trust. Don’t risk being caught unaware when it comes to cybersecurity—your reputation and wallet are at stake.

Smart business owners know thinking two steps ahead is key. When it comes to cybersecurity, this can feel overwhelming—but you’re in the right place.

Stratti can help you figure out what to protect and why, plus, of course, how to do it! Give us a call now or send us a message to get started planning your BDR, and sleep better for the rest of 2024.