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New Year’s Resolution: Craft a Business Continuity Plan

New Year’s Resolution: Craft a Business Continuity Plan

 

Another year of data collection, natural disasters and cyber attacks has come to a close. Although we can only guess at what mother nature has in store for us in 2018, one thing is guaranteed, security threats won’t abate and could get much worse in the new year. And lets not forget the leading causes of data loss in small businesses: human error and hardware failure. All these equate to one simple conclusion, it’s time to move data protection to the top of the to do list and 2018 is the year to ensure business continuity for your organization.

Downtime is a killer

With the importance and reliance on technology in day-to-day business, it is critical that every organization has a complete solution to deal with the threat of data loss and continuity of operations. If access to mission critical applications and data isn’t available within hours following a disaster or human error small to medium businesses can suffer severe repercussions. It’s 2018 – traditional and antiquated backup methods such as tape and disk are insufficient at protecting businesses from the crippling and costly effects of downtime.

A natural disaster, power surge, viruses, hardware failure, or even accidental deletion can wipe out years of data. Businesses cannot afford to lose time attempting to rebuild their lost, vital information. It is critical that the data is recoverable and spun up in a short period of time.

The 4 Business Continuity Planning Essentials eBook is your first bit of homework. This ebook, outlines four distinct but interconnected business continuity planning essentials:

  1. Crafting an employee safety and communication plan
  2. Craft a customer communications plan
  3. Enable IT Uptime
  4. Ensure Continuity of operations and avoid downtime

So what is the difference between Business Continuity and Data Backup?

Although overlapping, these terms represent uniquely different mindsets when it comes to data protection. Data backup answers the questions: is my data safe? Can I get it back in case of a failure? Business continuity, on the other hand, involves thinking about the business at a higher level, and asks: how quickly can I get my business operating again in case of system failure?

Successful backup is the foundation for disaster recovery and business continuity. But in case of failure, you have to get that data back and restore it quickly enough so your business doesn’t suffer. For example, if your server dies, you wouldn’t be able to quickly get back to work if you only had file-level backup. For you to start working again, your server would need to be replaced, all software re-installed, data re-installed and then the whole system would need to be configured with your settings and preferences. This process could take hours or even days—and in the meantime, your users can’t get their jobs done.

It is crucial for businesses to know exactly what to look for in a backup solution. This guide outlines the key criteria for SMBs to keep in mind when seeking out total data protection. And this video examines the key differentiators for various types of backup.

Let’s calculate your RTO & RPO

Many organizations do not have a comprehensive way to determine the actual costs of downtime for their business. Utilizing RTO & RPO are valuable in calculating downtime loss and gives SMBs a better understanding of the risks relating to business failure. Thinking about business in these terms puts your backup solution into perspective.

  • RTO (Recovery Time Objective): The duration of time within which a business must be restored after a disaster or disruption to avoid unacceptable consequences associated with a break in business continuity.
  • RPO (Recovery Point Objective): The maximum tolerable period of time in which data might be lost due to a disaster.

By calculating your desired RTO, you have determined the maximum time that you can be without your data before your business gets into serious trouble. Alternatively, by specifying the RPO, you know how often you need to perform backups, because you know how much data you can afford to lose without damaging your business. You may have an RTO of a day, and an RPO of an hour. Or your RTO might be measured in hours and your RPO in minutes. It’s all up to you and what your business requires.

Once you determine your RPO and RTO, it’s time to calculate how much downtime and lost data will actually cost you.

Answer the following questions:

  1. How many employees would be affected if critical data were unavailable?
  2. What is the average wage of the affected employee (per hour)?
  3. What is the per-hour overhead cost of the affected employees?
  4. How much revenue would be lost per hour as a result of the unavailability of data?

Add up the average per-hour wage, the per-hour overhead, and the per-hour revenue numbers and you have how much a data loss will cost you. Given that funding and budget constraints can be the top challenge (43 percent) for a business to implement a business continuity solution, calculating your RTO will give you the financial validation needed to justify its purchase and maintenance. The Datto Recovery Time Calculator is the tool you need to evaluate your Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives.

The final piece – Testing

Testing is a vital piece to making sure your backup is functioning properly, establishing true Business Continuity. It is the only way to reveal gaps in your plan and address them proactively.  It is also a great benefit to your employees.  If your team is well versed in the process and procedures things will run more smoothly.

  • Helps validate plan content and ensure that the identified strategies are capable of providing response and recovery results within the timeframes (or capabilities) approved by management.
  • Highlights weaknesses and areas for improvement, or where capabilities fail to align to business continuity and IT disaster recovery requirements.
  • Provides critical hands-on training to the personnel responsible for the response and recovery activities (which ensures an appropriate level of performance and develops confidence).

Testing your plan should also be conducted with an IT solutions company specializing in complete data solutions to maintain the integrity of your system and ensure compliance. The test is scheduled for a time that will avoid an interruption in your business productivity and will have no impact on your network. A virtual test provides the only reliable environment for predicting the impact of change and is an excellent way to test patches or perform upgrades.

Every business has to prepare for the worst. Those that don’t may never fully recover from a disaster. This is one New Year’s resolution you’ll be happy to keep. So grab your disaster recovery checklist and let’s welcome the new year with a rigorous business continuity plan! Ancero certified data protection solution specialists are ready to provide your free, no-obligation business continuity assessment. Ancero is a full service IT company and is proud to be a Datto Blue Partner data service provider. Data Protection could be your best investment in 2018!

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Want to learn more? Here are additional resources for you:

13 RansomWare Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Data Protection

CEO? Here’s Why You Care About Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery

HealthCare Company? Cure Your IT Ailments with Business Continuity

Law Firms: Don’t Take A Recess From Business Continuity

 

Say YES to remote work!

Say YES to remote work!

The world of work is changing and chances are most businesses have already made adjustments to their workforce because of the proven benefits of remote working: reduced absenteeism, lower turnover, improved employee health and attitude. But it’s not just a matter of creating policies or adapting attitudes to support remote work. The leading driver of a successful remote/mobile work program is technology.

Without the right technology to enable productive remote work, your business won’t reap the benefits. The key is a complete, integrated workspace to enable employees to securely access their apps, desktops and data from anywhere, anytime, on any device. So what technology provides that service?

Cloud hosted Desktop-as-a-Service, or DaaS, is an innovative solution perfect for businesses looking to support remote work employees, mobile employees and BYOD environments. It’s also an ideal solution for small business transitioning applications and support to the cloud.

What is DaaS? Desktop as a Service is the provisioning of remote hosted virtual desktops using a remote server to host personal computer desktops simultaneously. With DaaS a major upgrade is integrated quickly, IT staff no longer has to move from computer to computer to perform the same tasks on multiple PCs. The PCs effectively become all the same, all of which are accessing data and applications through the cloud service provider without storing anything locally.

Make your physical workspace more efficient.
A mobile workforce has many faces. There are employees that are mobile within their work environment, moving from terminal to terminal, such as doctors, factory floor workers, and retail associates. For them to remain productive, they need reliable, fast and secure access to corporate apps and data, regardless of location. Desktop-as-a-Service provides employees virtual workstations throughout a facility, where data and applications are accessed via the cloud service on any device. A quick login and they are in their documents, applications and corporate data, securely.

Whether you have virtual workstations throughout your office or virtual desktops for remote employees, there is one stand out benefit – cost savings on hardware! DaaS removes the burden of purchasing, supporting and upgrading local PCs and laptops. Reuse existing hardware and extend the life of your IT investment. The technology itself – the use of a thin client to access DaaS – costs two times less than a traditional PC due to its longer life, absence of a local hard disk, and reduced power consumption.

And security?
If there is no sensitive information stored on any local hard drive, there is nothing to steal or loose. Cloud desktops are locked down, changes are made by an administrator which helps to prevent user initiated problems. And if a cloud desktop gets an infection, an IT professional simply recovers from a golden image and then reloads the user’s profile settings. Recovery is quick and easy.

Your employees are asking for greater flexibility and remote work options. With DaaS you can confidently provide a productive remote work environment, satisfying their requests. Call Ancero to schedule your free evaluation. We’ll discuss your immediate needs, current IT infrastructure and long term goals to ensure your organization is a fit for DaaS.

Your can reach our business technology solutions experts at 856-210.5800 or email them at sales@ancero.com.

 

New firewalls, new protections, no upfront capital expense!

New firewalls, new protections, no upfront capital expense!

Don’t fight the threats of today with the technology of the past. Upgrades are essential to your security.

Ancero Managed Security as a Service (SECaaS) combines the security of a SonicWall firewall appliance with Ancero managed IT services, reporting software, and content filtering, plus all related warranty and subscription services in a bundled solution at a low monthly subscription price. Always have a current firewall with no capital expenditure. And SonicWall firewalls and management software deliver the features, flexibility and visibility you need to fight threats without slowing down your network.

With Ancero SECaaS all the necessary security components are bundled into a convenient monthly subscription price with no upfront hardware investment required. Deploy a network security solution that fits within virtually any budget!

What’s included with SECaaS?

  • Firewall hardware
  • Advanced software solutions
  • Security configuration
  • 24×7 Monitoring and management
  • On-Demand Reporting
  • Content Filtering
  • Hardware flexibility
  • Ancero support service

Always have a current firewall with long-term flexibility to upgrade equipment as your needs change and as technology changes. Eliminate your capital expenditure with no upfront cost for hardware, and pay a predictable monthly service fee for security instead. SECaaS is available across the entire SonicWall product portfolio – from the smallest to the largest firewall.

Eliminate time consuming management when you outsource your network security to Ancero. We install, configure and deploy your security solution – managing everything for you, plus 24×7 Ancero support. SECaaS includes many of the SonicWall network security services that are essential to your data protection, including their Capture Advanced Threat Protection.

For the full features and list of benefits download our Managed SECaaS brochure.

The #1 selling small business firewall, the SonicWall TZ firewall, delivers the same level of security, performance and manageability as firewalls used by banks, government agencies and large businesses. Watch the video or download the TZ firewall technical data sheet

Ready to upgrade your old firewall? Call Ancero, your full service IT company, to discuss this new Managed SECaaS service 856-210-5800 or email us at sales@ancero.com.

What your team needs now – Security Awareness Training

What your team needs now – Security Awareness

In the midst of this tumultuous cybersecurity climate, Ancero is proud to unveil a new security awareness offering to help protect organizations against countless ransomware and malware scams.

52% of all security breaches are a result of human error

30% of all Phishing emails are opened

Now you can do something about it….

Introducing Ancero Managed Security Awareness (AMSA)

Data breaches in the U.S. are expected to rise. The criminals are after your critical data and they’re targeting your people to get it. Unfortunately end users are easy prey for cybercriminals. They are increasingly exposed to phishing schemes and ransomware attacks. People are the common denominator in most cyber intrusions but they can be trained to recognize threats which minimizes human error.

With the Ancero Managed Security Awareness program, employees become a front line of defense against threats to critical business data and systems. AMSA is a subscription based security awareness service, priced per seat, per year, that creates awareness and communications through ongoing training solutions embedded into employees’ daily activities. These proven methods work to minimize human error by keeping security at the forefront while staying compliant with industry regulations or state laws.

91% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email. The success of these cyber attacks relies on human error. A training and awareness program that encourages good cyber hygiene can make a big difference between becoming a victim or recognizing a phishing email when it comes in. The Managed Security Awareness program combines a 3 step approach:

  1. Training – Employee security training on a computer based training module
  2. Evaluation – Periodic testing through the use of simulated phishing that puts their training to the test
  3. Insight – In depth quarterly reporting reveals campaign statistics, vulnerabilities and employee activity

If organizations aren’t monitoring internal emails, they risk potential downtime, data & financial loss. Combat attacks by utilizing education with cutting-edge training methods to reduce human error. With Ancero’s Managed Security Awareness program you can choose the level that fits your security needs and your budget. Download the free AMSA brochure to learn more about each offering, the features included and pricing. If the AMSA program can benefit your business call us to arrange a consultation 856.210.5800.