Small Business Tech Tip: Preparing IT for a Disaster

As a small business, having an IT department isn’t always conceivable. So, oftentimes small businesses are left to their own devices when preparing for or recovering from a disaster. Thinking ahead and considering all possible scenarios, it’s important for small businesses to anticipate what might go wrong and what can be done to minimize the damage and recover valuable data. It can be as simple as having a soft copy and hard copy of your information.  Here’s some valuable insight on how you can avoid an IT disaster:

Data Volume and Value: If you’re working with a small set of data, your disaster preparedness could be as simple as having your information in both soft copy and hard copy formats. However, if you are working with high-volume data, you might consider having your information backed up at an offsite, secured location like a datacenter.

A Trusted IT Handyman:  Another option to consider is an IT repair shop that you can trust with your information. It’s always wise to consult with the IT expert ahead of a disaster so you can ensure that you’re your backup systems are in place. In doing so, you’re also helping your IT repair man by allowing him to know your systems.

Have a data disaster plan: Now, more than ever, it’s important to have a disaster plan outlining your next steps in recovery. How will you recover all your data? How will you tell your customers? What is being done to ensure that all private information is being kept secure? It’s important to anticipate all of these possibilities so your business will be up and running as soon as possible following a disaster.

About the Author: Kara Krautter