Disaster Planning with SecureTech

Today, data is literally more valuable than oil. It’s the lifeblood that businesses use to determine both internal and external functions.

Data is also incredibly vulnerable. From cyberattacks to natural disasters, there’s no shortage of events that can leave data compromised.

Backing up your data via disaster recovery service is now more important than ever. At SecureTech, we’re proud to offer cutting-edge disaster recovery services to our clients.

Backup and disaster recovery

The first thing we do for clients who invest in our disaster recovery service is to install an onsite backup and disaster recovery (BDR) computer. BDR’s come in both desktop and rack form factors, functioning as a central storage unit and houses all valuable client data. BDR’s come in data sizes ranging from 250 gigabytes (GB) to over 1 terabyte (TB).

The BDR performs data backups or recovery tasks in intervals. Once data is backed up to the BDR, it’s uploaded to an offsite third-party data center.

In the event of a natural disaster, it’s crucial to have an offsite data center available. Failed computers from the BDR site can be recovered and remain operations while the failed hardware is repaired. SecureTechs’ support staff conduct daily verifications for all BDRs and the data stored on them.

The value of a BDR system

In the case of a disaster or data breach, BDRs provide a resource of uncompromised data that you can easily use to get your business up and running again. In most cases, you can get your office back up and running within minutes for business continuity.

Businesses can lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in down-time if their systems are down. If your systems are down, customers won’t be able to purchase your products or browse your website.

In addition to a potential public relations issue, businesses can face compliance fines if they do not have up-to-date backup strategies. BDRs help avoid lost revenue if your systems fail or facing fines by not providing a disaster recovery protocol for your data.

Determining disaster recovery protocol

To determine how heavily you should invest in a disaster recovery protocol, you need to calculate how much a potential server outage or systems shutdown could cost your business.

You can use the following formula: Revenue/workdays per year / open work hours.

Using this calculation, you can determine just how harshly a data breach or systems shutdown would affect your business based on how your employees are concentrated.

Here’s an example. Say you have a small business that’s turning over $10 million per year. The company is open for 22 days per month, and utilizes eight operating hours per day. Moreover, 25% of the business’s critical employees are located at company headquarters, and would therefore be immediately affected by a systems outage or data breach.

If we plug those numbers into the above formula, here’s what we get: $10 million/264 workdays/8 hours per day = $4,734 of revenue lost per hour of downtime.

Following this calculation, we can then determine how badly a data breach or systems shutdown would affect the company headquarters: $4,734 per hour, lost company-wide; .25 = $1,183 lost in revenue at the company headquarters, specifically.

This calculation can help identify the tolerance for downtime and outages. How much data loss can you tolerate? How much downtime can you afford?

At SecureTech, we’re proud to provide cutting-edge disaster recovery services that can be scaled to suit any business. Contact SecureTech to learn more.