Category "Disaster Recovery"

Cyber crime is one of the biggest threats to businesses today, and the consequences of becoming a victim can be devastating. Yet all too often, businesses leave themselves vulnerable to attack because of the cyber security mistakes they make. Here are five common mistakes your organization should avoid:

Assuming You’re Too Small a Target

For most cyber criminals, it’s about opportunity rather than business size. If a weakness is found, they will exploit it. Once inside, what happens next depends on the criminal and what he/she finds. Basing security decisions on unfounded generalizations about how cyber criminals operate and think is a mistake, because each has their own modus operandi. In fact, some may prefer small businesses because of their weak security resources compared to larger companies.

Not Training Your Staff on Basic Cyber Security

Not opening attachments from unknown sources, not clicking on suspicious links in emails or websites, and good password management are some of the basics that every employee must know and follow. Don’t assume your new employees have this knowledge. Train them how to recognize social engineering attempts and ask them to report anything that’s out-of-place or suspicious. Security should be a part of your corporate culture.

Not Implementing Endpoint Security

Today, computer networks are often accessed by a variety of personal devices such as tablets, laptops, and smartphones. Corporate network access by these devices complicates security. Restrict or eliminate this access, or employ technology that monitors this activity.

Not Updating Your Security Software

Keep your antivirus, malware, and firewall software current. While this won’t guaranty protection against the most recent threats, it will prevent attack from well-known threats that are still capable of causing substantial harm to your company.

Not Partnering With a Managed Security Services Provider

If you don’t have an in-house security specialist, consider outsourcing this function. Today, the threat of cyber attack is real and cyber security is a must. Contact us at Whoa to learn about the layered security we provide for our clients.

When disaster strikes, you may wish you had either a business continuity plan or a disaster recovery plan. How do you know which is right for you? First, let’s look at the facts.

Disaster Recovery Plan

A disaster recovery plan does not actually mean to recover from a disaster. In fact, it means to bring the systems back online after an outage. An outage could lead to disaster, however. For example, perhaps you tried to log into your email while in the office only to find the systems shut down. The IT department goes into hyperdrive to bring everything back online, and once they do, you exhale all the nerves of the last hour. Email only makes a small portion of this IT, and you have the internal network, various software licenses and your phone system as well. Each of these elements make up a good disaster recovery plan.

Business Continuity Plan

With a Business Continuity plan, all the resources and steps required to keep your business operations online get documented. This, however, doesn’t include the recovery of an IT system. You have a number of IT departments like:

  • HR
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Finance

Business Continuity plans keep the wheels turning on these departments even after an incident puts a halt to it. You may have to start your business out at 30 percent operational during the recovery phase, but the long-term goal will be to bring the company back to 100 percent operation.

If you’d like to learn more about whether a disaster recovery plan or a business continuity plan will be right for you, you can contact us via email.

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