Business Continuity Planning
At any time, disaster could strike your business. So why aren’t you focusing on backing up your data? If your accounting, contact, and customer information is important to your business (which, of course it is), you need to keep track of your backups and schedule them frequently. Not only do you need to perform backups, it’s important to back your information up to a secure place; in the event of a security breach, it would be much harder to access your information if it’s in a secure place.
Research is the first key component of creating a business continuity plan. Figuring out what you are able to budget for your continuity plan and then collecting quotes from various providers is the first step. Research which vendors these companies use, if any, and which ones have the best reviews, most users, and which is the best fit. If you already have a Managed Services Provider, they should be willing to do this research for you, keeping things nice and simple while you worry about running your business.
After researching, take the time to sit down with each provider and see how they handle their clients and backups. If there are any other IT services your business needs, see if this provider can serve those needs as well to keep everything in one place. Their priority should be ease of use of their services for you and not selling to you.
When you have picked a provider and signed a contract with them, establish your backup schedule. It’s likely that there is already a procedure in place for their other clients, but you should also know the schedule of when your data is being backed up.
Lastly, be sure to check in. If there is a way for you to look at your backups or access them, make sure you are checking that they are regularly happening. If you have problems, be proactive and reach out to your provider before it becomes a problem for your business.
As a Managed Services Provider, keeping your information safe is a part of what you expect from us. Our premium backup partner, Datto, creates solutions that safeguard businesses from IT Disasters, human error, and malicious activity. With Datto defending your business, you are guaranteed business continuity with uninterrupted access to data on-site, in transit, and in the cloud.