Fire drills are commonplace, but does your IT company regularly test your IT recoverability?

by Fiona Frost

Fiona Frost | Business Development Manager at claireLOGIC

If the worst should happen, how quickly could you get your business up and running?

We run fire-drills at our places of work – but did you know you’re more likely to suffer a cybersecurity attack than suffer from a fire? So why don’t businesses regularly run recovery drills?

We all know that downtime is expensive, but just how expensive?

We are all aware that I.T. downtime can be costly. We recently performed a study using a downtime formula to work out the ‘average’ cost of downtime to a business. Looking at industry averages, and with technology and back-up norms, what we found was disturbing:
For a medium-sized business that employs 50 staff and stores their backup data locally, the cost of 8 hours of downtime could be as much as £27,051.

For businesses that store their backup data in the cloud – the cost jumps significantly – up to £167,719.

How is it possible that cloud backups can take longer to recover from?

One of the biggest factors is internet speed.

If you store your backup data in the cloud (4TB being the average) and you have an internet speed of 100Mbps, it could take over 96 hours to download – and that’s without factoring in time to rebuild infrastructure. That’s over 4 days purely to download at 100Mbps full speed.

Did you know: you are over 30% more likely to be
a victim of a ransomware attack now than you were in 2014?

Simply having data backup does not protect you from downtime.

A solid business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solution will ensure your business is always on and resilient to any disaster and downtime scenario. This is achieved technically speaking, in part, by enabling multiple mirrored data copies via multiple data access locations (onsite/offsite/cloud) – and enable uninterrupted data access if one location or copy is disabled.

Your chosen BC solution should:

• Provide multiple verified backups points, without failing
• Provide restore options for any given scenario
• Deliver instant virtualisation to keep you working
• Cater for ransomware attacks

Remember: A ‘backup’ system just 5 years ago was a sensible choice
– but going into 2020, it is not…

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