Many companies with very existence that depends on various web-based applications could be affected by disasters that strike in different ways. Cyber terrorism, DoS attacks, natural disasters, fire, power outage, network failure, hardware failure and viruses could grind a company to halt. While large corporations may have more rigorous data protection and back up procedures; small and medium enterprises can be particularly vulnerable to data losses and hardware failures. Despite the growing threats, it is possible for these companies become more prepared in dealing with possible threats.
IT specialists in small and medium enterprises should start to integrate standard disaster plans into their normal routines. Staff and tools should be prepared for any kind of possible problems. Normally, workers simply somewhat or quite concerned about the possible problems that may occur. However, the longer a system or a computer set is being used, the more likely that it will fail. Nothing lasts forever and even the most well-maintained computer will eventually fail. Small and medium enterprises should have a formal recovery strategy to allow them to recover quickly after a disaster happens.
Many small companies don’t have specialized IT knowledge. So, it’s important for them to make enough conscious efforts to learn and implement practices related to disaster preparedness. All companies, regardless of the size could be affected to disasters to certain extent. Businesses that rely on e-commerce could be significantly affected by data losses. The more connected is, the more likely it will encounter a variety of problems. Online collaboration tools and web-based communication services can be significantly affected by data disruptions.
Unfortunately, many problems that affect smaller companies are caused by various indiscriminate processes. Small companies may unknowingly install various random applications that could have possible bad effects to the company. Business owners may also open email attachment from strangers and this could happen quite frequently when the email seems to be sent by a legitimate customer. Technology redundancies can help to improve the overall reliability of the system. Regardless of the system that we choose, we should avoid making small failures to become catastrophic mistakes.
Problems could happen if mistakes are not solved throughout the whole network. Small and medium-sized companies could be badly understaffed and this could cause various preventative routines like virus software updates and data backup to fall by the wayside. If it happen, companies could become much more vulnerable to damages. We may need preventative actions and forethought before doing something. No company could afford ignoring disaster plans. Preventative measures are essential if we want to ensure the long-term operation of our company.