Is Your Small Business Prepared for Data Disaster?

We’ve all been there, we work for hours perfecting such and such document, too engrossed in our work to save anything, and then, right at the moment, we are considering clicking the save button, the screen freezes or we accidentally delete hours of work or the computer crashes. Here are some things you will need to consider to prepare your business for the data disaster.

In such moments we lament our lack of foresight and wish that we had thought to prevent our anguish and prevent the loss of such concentrated effort.

Data disaster, while not imminent, is always a possibility. This risk can be minimized if you back up your work well in advance and in the right ways. Here are some tips to learn how to safeguard your work from even the most outrageous of circumstances.

Prevention is the Solution for Data Disaster

As a small business owner, keeping meticulous track of sales and revenue is critical to the survival and growth of your enterprise. You might be thinking, I keep paper copies of everything I need and save them digitally so I am safe in case anything happens to either file.

If you’re in this boat, consider the following situation: There is a fire in your office that overtakes everything from your permanent files down to your computer. In this case, both of your copies lie in a charred, irretrievable mess. Even though you took precautions, they simply weren’t enough.

An option that could save you in a situation such as this is placing your files in a cloud storage system where you can remotely access what you need. As Seagate reports, 60 percent of businesses use cloud storage to assist them in IT-related operations. This number is only expected to grow as cloud storage gains momentum on a global level.

Storing your information in the cloud is a good way to access it from anywhere. Your files would no longer be tied to your computer, making them accessible even in a crisis situation. Additionally, according to Top 10 Cloud Storage, you also could benefit from cloud storage by being able to seamlessly sync information and share it with others. In this way, your data would be protected and easy to share with clients, co-workers and any other important stakeholders.

Worst Case Scenario Protection for Data Disaster

As DSS Corp outlines, the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington found that more than 93 percent of companies that suffered a serious data loss after a disaster, and who were unable to access their data center for 10 days or more, filed for bankruptcy within just 12 months of the incident.

Whether you store your records digitally or in a paper ledger, knowing your finances are recorded is only half the battle because even the most foolproof accounting cannot withstand unforeseen disaster. This is where smart data storage comes into play. In short, using a cloud storage system to back up your files is one of the best measures you can take to protect all that you have worked for. Data is part of any business, and learning how to make it as secure as possible can keep you from frustration when something goes awry.

Dragan Sutevski

Posted by Dragan Sutevski

Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan