Every business owner knows that their most valuable asset is their business’ data. But while many businesses understand the importance of protecting that data, there are still a large number that haven’t taken steps to keep it safe from a potential disaster.

Disasters that cause data loss come in many shapes and sizes, from malware attacks and hardware failure, to fires and severe weather. Without the right precautions in place, even something minor can have devastating consequences. According to the US Bureau of Labor, 93% of business that suffer major data loss will close their doors within five years. Keeping your business from becoming one of these statistics starts with solid Business Continuity Planning.

Routine and redundant backups are critical. If your onsite hardware sustains damage, or your systems or network are compromised, having offsite hosted or cloud-based backups will ensure that your data remains intact. But Business Continuity Planning is about more than just data backups. It’s just as important to have protocols in place that will allow your business to access those backups quickly, and return operations to some semblance of normal as soon as possible.

A combination of planning, prevention, and protection can help make sure your business will continue to thrive no matter what life throws at you. Your Business Continuity Plan should take all possibilities into account, and should be tested regularly to ensure that your backups are being completed, and your recovery protocols will work as intended each and every time.

Want to learn more about the Business Continuity solutions we offer? Contact MRW Systems at info@mrwsystems.com or (410) 751-7111. We’re the IT professionals businesses in Baltimore, MD and surrounding Counties trust.