Prevent Downtime, Keep Cyber Thieves At Bay, and Prepare For Disaster

How Organizations Can Prevent Downtime And Ensure That Even If Cyber Thieves Keep A-Knockin’, They Can’t Come In

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Small businesses and organizations in Round Rock, Texas and surrounding cities can prevent downtime, keep cyber thieves at bay, and prepare for disaster by implementing simple backup and disaster recovery strategies.

A study presented at the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks showed that small-business networks are attacked every 39 seconds by some type of hacker or malicious software. Thankfully, having the proper firewall and office network security tools can prevent even the most determined cyber hacker from getting his hands on your network. Are your systems covered?

Does your organization have someone looking after the network who knows what they’re doing? Or is the IT position assigned to the so-called “Accidental IT Person” – an ad hoc position taken on by whoever knows the most about computers? The danger  of not being able to prevent downtime here is that if this person has a full-time job, perhaps as the office manager, or graphic designer, they won’t necessarily be keeping everything locked down and updated.

A good way to prevent downtime is to have a dedicated IT person on staff, or outsource the task to a local computer service company. By leveraging an IT services provider, you will have access to a team of qualified experts.

With the news being almost all about ransomware these days, one would think that there is no reason to keep preaching about data backups. While recovering from disk drive failures is a compelling reason to have backups and prevent downtime, the new scourge of malware has one mission: encrypt your files and asks for a ransom of anything from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Even when payment is made, there are no guarantees that you’ll ever get your files back.

To prevent downtime from cyber attacks, your organization can install anti-malware protection, utilize password management and drive encryption tools, and most important, provide user awareness training on how to recognize and deal with cyber threats.

Downtime Should Be A Thing Of The Past

One major problem many small businesses and organizations have when it comes to how they can prevent downtime is that they do not even know what’s on their network, and have no plans or strategies for maintenance and disaster mitigation. This tendency to do everything ad-hoc results in a lot of critical things getting overlooked. In many environments, there are no backup solutions in place, and where there are, the backups do not get tested.

Thanks to monitoring and maintenance tools that are openly available, any reputable computer company can now actually notice when things go awry and prevent your
computers from having issues.

Hot fixes, patches and security updates are generally items that, when maintained on a regular basis, keep a network healthy and up and running. If, for some reason, your network still has some kind of downtime, cloud-based remote management tools allow your IT professional to access your system from anywhere, getting you up and running more quickly than ever before.

If Disaster Strikes, You Can Be Back Up & Running In Minutes Instead Of Days

In addition to lost data, many business operations would be completely down for days or weeks if a major disaster like fire, flood or theft ever occurred. Here’s where Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) solutions can help you feel very thankful indeed.

Most of today’s BDR solutions include a “virtualization” component, which means an exact “picture” of your server and computers is taken throughout the day and stored elsewhere. If you ever need to get back up and running, your IT company simply
restores that image…and you’re back in business.

If your organization needs assistance in managing your network, security, email  or backup and disaster recovery services, call Tech Prognosis at (512) 814-8044, or use our contact form.