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Disaster Recovery

December 2014
Dave Thomas has been providing sound IT consulting advice to SMBs for over 20 years. He is a certified Microsoft engineer and is dedicated to helping these same businesses weather the current storms with IT systems and data security.

Dave Thomas has been providing sound IT consulting advice to SMBs for over 20 years. He is a certified Microsoft engineer and is dedicated to helping these same businesses weather the current storms with IT systems and data security.

Q: I am worried about the ever increasing IT threats to my business. What can I do as insurance in the event that my primary security fails?
A: There are a number of things that businesses can do to prepare for a significant IT security event.

Multiple data backup/restoration options: Having multiple data restoration options ensures that you will have more than one place to look when a disaster takes place. Local onsite data backups are crucial in that compromised systems and data need to be restored quickly. Off-site/Internet-based backups limit the amount of data that can be downloaded and restored so that you don’t choke their service provider’s Internet connection speed for their other customers. However, off-site backups are equally important in the event that there is a physical disaster in your office (fire, water, etc.) that renders your live data and local backups unusable.

Imaging software: There are multiple options of imaging software available for servers and desktops. Imaging software allows for taking a complete snapshot of your workstation or server’s current configuration, software and data at a given moment in time. This type of backup allows for a complete restoration of a desktop or server in minutes rather than hours or even days.

Written Disaster Recovery Plan: Create a detailed plan for what you will do in the event of an IT disaster. When disaster strikes you will need a plan that you can easily find and execute thereby minimizing down time. Such a plan should include a list of your IT vendor’s contact information and account numbers, locations of most recent backups and clearly defined steps for data restoration and a plan for securing temporary office space in the event of a total disaster. I95

Kenneally Technology Services
410-321-9558
www.jlktech.com

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