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Be Prepared: Avoid Data Disasters with Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and when it comes to information technology, Murphy was an optimist.

Data is at the heart of any modern organization. If critical data is lost due to accident, database corruption, theft, hardware failure, or even natural disaster, business continuity can come to a halt. Data backup and disaster recovery may not be at the top of the list of topics for discussion at the company picnic, but maybe it should be.

Because data is the heart of any enterprise, it's crucial to protect it and be able to recover data that gets lost or corrupted despite your best protective measures.

Read on for:

  1. Why backing up your data matters
  2. What data should be backed up
  3. How data should be backed up
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Top 5 Risks of Using Outdated Technology

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

The rotating hourglass. The spinning rainbow ball. The constant string of pop-up notifications begging for this update or that patch. You've been there before. At one point or another, we've all felt the frustration that comes with using outdated technology.

Unfortunately, using outdated technology in business comes with much bigger risks than just pain and frustration. In fact, according to this Microsoft infographic, 70-80% of the top 10 malware could be avoided if technology was updated correctly.

Read on to learn the top 5 risks that will make you re-think using outdated technology.

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Business Continuity Planning: Don't settle for satisficing

Jasmine Lancaster

Posted by Jasmine Lancaster
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

When choosing or creating a business continuity plan suitable for your organization, “satisficing” is not a viable option.

Simply put, satisficing is accepting an available option as satisfactory. The trouble with that is, when your business continuity plan only reaches satisfactory levels, you are choosing to sacrifice your company’s ability to deliver products or services in the event of a disaster or disruptive incident. So, when thinking of your company’s long-term success and all of the hard work that was put into it, settling for satisficing could be disasterous.

Read on for ways you can protect your data and choose the best partner to assist in creating an ideal business continuity plan for your organization.

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5 Data Backup Method Options for SMB Business Continuity Plans

Erjon Xhepa

Posted by Erjon Xhepa
Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Data backup is essential for any business, and the small-to-midsized business (SMB) is especially vulnerable to the effects of a data loss, either as the result of a natural disaster or a data breach. After deciding on the type of backup to use (full, differential, and/or incremental), as I discussed in a previous blog, the next step is to choose a storage medium (or mediums).

Choosing the right data backup method for your small business is a serious matter. Often the best route is to consult with a managed services provider (MSP), preferably one who is brand agnostic and who aims to understand your business.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and each data storage option has its pros and cons. Read on to learn about each of these five data backup methods:

  1. Magnetic tape
  2. Hard disk drive
  3. Optical media
  4. Solid state storage
  5. Cloud-based storage
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3 Types of Data Backups: Full vs. Differential vs. Incremental Backups

Erjon Xhepa

Posted by Erjon Xhepa
Wed, Aug 26, 2015

August and September signal the end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, and the start of hurricane season. As we approach the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy — which raced up the East Coast in October, 2012, destroying homes, businesses and even some data — we're reminded just how important data is to today’s business, especially the small-to-midsized business (SMB).

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 25 percent of small businesses never recover from a data loss. Every organization should have a disaster recovery and business continuity plan — and a key component of that plan should include a data backup system.

Data backup is a big topic, and businesses first must to determine what type of backup is the right choice for their business (full back up, differential back up, incremental back up, or a combination). Then, they must decide on how to implement it (tape storage, hard disk, optical storage, solid state storage, cloud providers, etc.).

RELATED: No More Excuses: Erase Tape Backups From Your Business Continuity Plan

In a different blog post, I'll detail the specific hardware and software backup methods available to SMBs in order to implement a data backup plan. In this article, I'll stick to outlining the 3 basic types of data back ups:

  1. Full backup
  2. Differential backup
  3. Incremental backup
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DC Data Security: 5 Facts to Know About Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Jul 01, 2014

Data is the lifeblood of the modern enterprise. Every organization produces data, stores it, and circulates it.

All that hardware and software that we're now constantly connected to — computers, tablets, smartphones, multifunction printers, smart glasses, smart watches, you name it — exists for one reason: data traffic. And that data is becomingly increasingly vulnerable to loss, either by theft or negligence. So it's no surprise that data loss prevention (DLP) has become a top priority for information technology departments and managed services providers (MSPs).

Now, when I say DLP, I'm only talking about solutions and policies directly related to the prevention of data loss and leakage, rather than the recovery of lost data. This is not to say that DLP policies and solutions should ever replace a data back up and recovery plan. DLP, data back up, and disaster recovery planning should all work in conjunction to protect business continuity.

Read on to learn the five ways DLP fits into the business continuity puzzle, including:

  1. Defining DLP and its importance
  2. Network-based data protection
  3. End-point solutions
  4. Storage point data leaks
  5. and more!
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The Real Cost of System Downtime

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, May 27, 2014

Downtime, what a downer. Information technology has become an indispensable workplace necessity. When IT is working as planned and the bits and bytes are flowing we can whistle while we work. But when that dreaded email from the system administrator pops up warning that the system will be down for X amount of time, then our tune changes.

Downtime has become one of the banes of modern life, both at the office and on the road. A chief financial officer I spoke to recently told me she is “crippled” when her email is down. I know the feeling. And that is just one vital enterprise system. Telephones, printers, computers, calendars, the Internet—take away any of those for even a few minutes and we are handcuffed.

Read on to learn more, including:

  1. What exactly is downtime?
  2. What causes downtime?
  3. How much downtime is acceptable?
  4. And how much does downtime cost?
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