According to Symantec SMB, 50% of SMEs admit to having no backup plan or a disaster recovery plans in place. 41% of those surveyed confessed that they had never even given much thought to implementing a disaster recovery or business continuity plan. If you are one of them, then you really need to think about whether you can afford the status quo. Answering these questions will help you decide.
- How often is employee productivity and customer accessibility or service stalled each day from a downed network or system?
- Can your business truly afford downtime and what kind of backup plan or recovery solutions are in effect when systems are unavailable?
- What level of IT support can be accessed? Can it be accessed quickly enough to minimize damage? Are you confident that your business can either be back online or be able to access lost data with minimal disruption, no matter what?
- Is your most critical data frequently backed up? Is the data on the personal laptops, iPads or Blackberrys of employees backed up? Are all backups stored in a location off-site and quickly accessible in the event of theft, fire or flooding? Are you using any custom installed software and is the supplier still in business should this software need to be re-installed or updated? Are account details, licensing agreements, and security settings somewhere on record, and is it duplicated off-site?
- Are your systems truly protected from theft, hackers, and viruses? Are passwords to sensitive data changed whenever employees leave the company or business unit?
- When was the last time you tested your backup plan to ensure they are working properly? How quick were your backups?
Answering these questions will help you understand if you are needlessly bleeding money every day by subjecting your business to the high hourly rates, service charges, trip fees and wait times of on-call IT support. If you are an SME, you don’t have to fear technology failure. A trusted MSP can help you resolve these challenges in a more effective and efficient manner.