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A comprehensive and up-to-date data recovery plan might not be at the top of your to-do list for next year. But after the kind of year we’ve had in 2020, you might want to reconsider. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way employees work. It has forced schools to rethink how they educate our children. In fact, it has fundamentally altered the way we interact with the world.

This new remote landscape has also exposed cybersecurity weaknesses in our personal and professional lives. Online retailers, healthcare providers, and educational institutions in particular have faced unprecedented numbers of attacks by cybercriminals.

There are several ways that your data can be compromised or destroyed. These might include:

  • Server or hard drive crashes that make data inaccessible
  • Stolen storage devices
  • Data deleted by accident
  • Ransomware and malware attacks
  • Natural disasters
  • Power outages

Recovering from any of these situations can be costly, time-consuming, or simply not possible if you don’t have a comprehensive plan in place.

Common Weaknesses of Data Recovery Plans

You might already have created an emergency plan. That’s great! But threats to data security constantly evolve. So your plan can’t be static. It needs to be evaluated regularly to ensure that it covers all the bases.

Here are a some common signs that your existing data recovery plan might need some improvements:

  • Old Servers: They can cause all kinds of problems, from slow webpage loads to failed drives to complete and catastrophic crashes.
  • Incompatible infrastructure: If you spend most of your time on system upgrades and ironing out compatibility issues, then recovering from a disaster will probably be harder than you expect.
  • Long RPOs and RTOs: Simply put, the amount of data loss you can endure in a disaster, and how long it takes to complete your recovery process are both critical to an effective data recovery plan.
  • Multiple Data Recovery Tools: If you’re using multiple tools, then your recovery plan is not as streamlined as it should be. Avoid patchwork solutions.
  • No offsite backups: In the event of a power failure or cyberattack, onsite backups can become inaccessible or deleted by some kinds of ransomware. Keep multiple backup copies onsite and off.
  • Sporadic recovery tests: If you don’t test your data recovery plan regularly, you’ll never know if it works in a crisis. Don’t wait for one to strike to find out.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

The possibility of catastrophic data loss can never be eliminated entirely. The best you can do is to create a workable plan. Then test the plan regularly to see if it needs improvement. The key is to get you back up and running as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

But when data loss proves unavoidable, you need a data recovery partner you can rely on. Secure Data Recovery prides itself on providing the best services available. Our facilities and data engineers are among the most certified in the industry, and they have a 96% success rate.

If you’ve experienced data loss, or you’re looking for solutions to help guard against it, Secure Data Recovery is ready to help. Call us at 1-800-388-1266 for more information about how we can help you protect your data, or to open a data recovery case.

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