Catastrophic Event: What Now?

We create disaster prevention plans that avoid catastrophic data loss

The amount of confidential data a small business holds can be staggering. Who knew? 

From sensitive documents and financial spreadsheets through CRM systems, websites, employee management and sensitive Intellectual property–you hold massive amounts of very private data that leaves you vulnerable to fines, lawsuits and brand damage.

What is IT disaster recovery and prevention?

IT disaster recovery and prevention plans have two goals 

    1. Recognizing vulnerabilities – design measures to prevent risks, reduce their negative consequences, or avoid them entirely 
    2. Contingency planning – this means your business can continue in the event of a disaster, quickly and efficiently

We design plans so everyone knows what to do, no matter what.

How safe is your data?

Could your operations function if all your technology systems went down? Is all your data secure and stored in three different locations? if so, could it be recovered easily?

If the answer to these questions is “no” or “I don’t know,” now is the time to start thinking about implementing an IT disaster and recovery plan. All it takes is one problem, such as your business premises flooding or ransomware to spread throughout your network, for you to lose your IT systems and the data they contain.

Disaster Recovery and RTO: Business owner is stressed about system failure in a server room.

I don’t have an IT Team. How do I set everything up?

Many small- and medium-sized businesses don’t have the IT resources to carry out this essential work. The Renascence IT team are experts at creating and implementing IT disaster recovery and prevention plans to keep your business functioning under challenging circumstances.

Our 7 step disaster recovery and prevention plan

Step 1: Audit Your Business

We conduct an audit of your business, premises, systems, processes, and equipment to identify issues and areas of risk. 

Next, we identify which risks can be fixed immediately. For example, address building and equipment, minimize immediate loss due to physical disasters, and install commercial grade detection and prevention systems to protect your data from malware, hackers, and viruses.

Step 2: Create a plan that covers all risks

We address risks that require a trackable process to avoid, reduce, and prevent risk. We work with you to devise a complete plan reviewing each scenario and propose appropriate mitigation plans. 

Some plans could be simple processes, such as devising safe password protocols. Others may involve larger, more complex scenarios, such as how employees will continue to work when all systems go down.

We’ll ensure that every part of your plan is clear and easy to understand to ensure fast implementation. To create awareness of the plan, we offer structured employee training so everyone understands their role in the event of trouble. 

Step 3: Establish the chain of communication

Your IT disaster recovery and prevention plan must have clear lines of communication should an event occur. This is usually done by each department, with one individual having the responsibility to communicate with the rest of the team. A second or third individual should be identified as backup.

We can make sure that you avoid common traps. For example, an often-overlooked aspect of communication is ensuring that employee contact details are up-to-data, available offline, and outside of the company IT systems.  

Step 4: Power supply backup: electricity really matters

Thunderstorms, ice storms, failure of a power grid? Your entire IT infrastructure is useless if you don’t have power. Talk to us about Uninterruptible Power Supply systems, generators, and location-specific surge protection. 

Step 5: Plan for fast data recovery

Data corruption and loss are genuine threats. Should either one occur, it can flatline a business. Data backup and recovery are vital, so we back up your data to multiple physical and geographical locations. Additionally, we backup data on physical devices, such as external hard drives, as well as in the cloud. Cloud backup not only prevents catastrophic loss, it means any employee can access data from any remote location during a crisis.

Step 6: Set up remote working protocols

Equipping your employees with the tools necessary to continue working from anywhere adds flexibility to your business. Should trouble occur they can continue working, which is good for your business, your staff, and your clients.

Step 7: Ongoing reviews

Technology and its associated threats are ever-evolving. A disaster recovery plan that worked last year has become obsolete.  We review and update IT disaster plans regularly so that you remain prepared.

Our History

WE LIVE AND BREATHE TECHNOLOGY

With more than 30 years of industry experience under his belt, the company's CEO possesses a degree in Computer Science and a number of certifications, including MCSE, MCSA, A+ and Network+. From an early age, computers were always a part of his life; dating back to the days of the Apple II. Since that time, he served as everything from system administrator to IT business director within well-established companies, before deciding that consulting was his passion. Leveraging years of technical recruiting, he personally handpicked a select group of specialists proficient in Linux, customized web applications and databases, telephony and cross-platform devices, to ultimately bring your organization to the next level.