Disasters are not only devastating to the lives of humans, they can also completely wipe out a business.

Disasters can come in the form of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes, as well as industrial accidents such as chemical spills. Even though these are not to be taken lightly and can cause a wide range of destruction because they are not very common, businesses may be procrastinating putting into place a business continuity plan – and they wait to do it until it is too late.

Even though natural and industrial disasters are not common, there are dozens of other types of events that a company may experience at any time which can destroy its data and make it inaccessible. Not being able to access data and perform normal business functions for any period of time – from a few hours to a few days or even weeks – have been known to cost companies each year the loss of customers and revenue which can spell the end of a business’s existence.

Here are some more common disasters that can destroy a company’s access to its data

Computer viruses Corrupted data Employee Error Hacker
Software/hardware failure Fire Sprinkler activation Burst pipes
Water leakage Vandalism Sabotage Utility problem
Humidity HVAC failure Power outage Power surge
Security breach Theft Lightning strike Electrical short
Storms (snow, rain, wind, ice, hail) Equipment malfunction Communication networks disabled Accident that closes down a large area

All companies are vulnerable to disasters. And what makes this even more problematic is as our business processes become more systemic, the ability for a company to access its data and continue its operations has never been more important. This is especially true in light of more competitive pressures and the emphasis today on needing to provide top customer service at all times because that is what our customers have come to expect – or they will go elsewhere.

Business continuity is all about maintaining business operations following a disaster. A large part of disaster planning is continually saving, maintaining and monitoring data at a secondary site in order that the data may be recovered quickly and a business can access it to continue servicing its customers. Developing and implementing a disaster plan should involve specialists who are expert in the software and processes necessary to make sure your company survives any disaster.

If your organization needs assistance with developing and implementing a disaster recovery and business continuity plan, please contact the experts at NexusTek at 303.773.6464 or http://www.nexustek.com/contact-us/.

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