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5 disasters your business should plan for now

Does your business have a disaster recovery plan in place? While you hope it never happens, having a plan in place before disaster strikes can be the difference between resuming business operations or closing forever.

“Roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.” – FEMA

You don’t have to be one of them. Here are 5 disasters your business should have a plan for.

1. Power outage

When the lights go out, does your business go with them? It will if you’re not prepared. In fact, power outages are quite common throughout the United States. According to a survey conducted by Eaton Electrical, 37% of businesses have to deal with power outages every year.

Loss of power leads not only to downtime but can damage your equipment. Do you have the right measures in place to protect your equipment and keep your business running?

2. Corrupted software

When software is corrupted it can lead to downtime. The server that operates your software system is not immune to corruption as well – unless you take the proper measures to protect it.

Backing up your data frequently is one of the best ways to deal with corrupted software. Reinstalling a program and syncing with data prior to the corruption can get you back on your feet a lot faster than having to rebuild all the data you lost.

Related: What is the 3-2-1 data backup rule and why do you need it?

3. Natural disasters

Though less common, natural disasters are something your company needs to prepare for. From hurricanes to tornados and earthquakes to floods, your business is vulnerable if one of these were to strike. While you hope you never need it, having a plan in place for all of life’s “what if’s” can really streamline your recovery process should the unexpected happen.

Related: How to prepare for business continuity after a disaster

4. Data breach

Of all the possible disasters that could happen, a data breach is usually the one company’s are most worried about. Malware is the typical culprit when it comes to a cyber attack and results in data corruption, data theft, and even the complete deletion of your company’s data. This can seriously jeopardize the reputation of your business as well as your bottom line.

To prevent a data breach, it’s important to install a firewall, along with the most recent security software. Working with an expert data security can not only help you keep your system safe but give you an expert partner to help you recover should a breach occur.

5. Hardware failure

Hardware failure isn’t fun. Regular maintenance can help keep things running smoothly, but sometimes machines just stop working without warning. You need a plan for how to deal with hardware failure, especially for equipment that is central to your business operations. There is a big difference between the office projector going down versus your network server.

Identify the hardware that is essential to your business and make sure you know what steps you would take to get it back up and running as quickly as possible.

The bottom line

Your business needs to stay up and running no matter what disasters occur. Don’t wait until after disaster strikes to figure out how to deal with it. Start working on your disaster recovery plans today.

You should also consider partnering with an experienced managed IT services provider who can not only help you create a plan but also put your plan into action if needed.