KLH Minneapolis ITObviously, no one likes to think about bad things happening to them. However, it is inevitable that bad things can and do happen (especially in IT) so you need to plan for it.

 

1. Review your business insurance

Every business carries some type of general liability insurance. However, many businesses do not have enough coverage or the right coverage. One area often overlooked is Cyber Liability. This type of coverage isn’t just for online retailers or businesses conducting business through their web site. This protection is for every business that has an internet connection and an email account. Contact your insurance agent to see what level of coverage you need to keep your business financially safe.

 

2. Consider your options for critical data storage

Everyone knows online data storage can be cheap and definitely has substantial benefits – automated backups, hardware failover, access from anywhere, anytime, etc. However, large online storage companies can be bigger targets for hackers and getting support in the event of an issue can be next to impossible. The alternative is to keep your data on your server in your office. While this does provide you with greater control of the data and support, it also forces you to be diligent in your security practices. There is no right or wrong answer to this decision, so talk with a knowledgeable IT resource for recommendations best suited to your business.

 

3. Secure your data

This should be obvious and fairly simplistic however, very few businesses really think about all the places their critical data resides. The primary data location is on your server, which should be protected by a firewall, anti-virus software and user rights. However, few people consider the data that leaves the office on laptops, thumb drives and mobile devices. The most prevalent is the email accessible on everyone’s phone. At a minimum, all mobile devices should be protected by a password. To really do things right, all mobile data should be encrypted to protect against theft.

 

4. Create a disaster recovery plan

The key is to start simple. If you make the plan too complicated, you will never complete it. Start with the most likely disaster scenario that would have the biggest negative impact on your business, then fine-tune and refine your plan from there. Be sure to distribute and rehearse this plan with the key individuals in your company that will carry the plan out.

 

5. Review your acceptable use and internet policy

Too many people use company time and equipment to peruse social media and complete their online shopping. It’s important that employees know where the line is for what they can and can’t do. We suggest using content filters to block websites you don’t want people visiting during the business day.

 

 

Receive a free Disaster Recovery template or Acceptable Use and Internet Policy template by contacting KLH at www.klhmn.com or 952-258-8200.

 

 

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