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Dangerously Unprotected Business

31 Dec, 1969 By: Editorial Staff imageSource

Dangerously Unprotected Business

Lets start by putting to rest a long-held notion by
business’s that size matters. We know better, whether a company is an SBM or an
enterprise, it needs to have a recovery plan in place to safeguard critical
information and ensure minimal disruption to its operations, when a system goes
down. Keeping a business up and running despite unplanned interruptions is no
small feat. The ability to restore vital business information in hours, minutes,
and even seconds is critical for any business. Always, this is at the core of
our business to help make sure our clients deal with continuity planning, or
preparing to deal with a worst case scenario.


Before a recovery strategy is developed for our clients, a
business impact analysis should be performed for a company's office system and
computer network. Although, safeguarding data is typically associated with
computer networks and office systems that are comprised of printers, also
copiers and multifunction products must be protected.


Hardware failure is the most common cause of system
malfunction. It involves the internal disc drives that spin at speeds between
10,000 and 15,000 rpm, and that are prone to failing naturally over time.
Therefore, this is why redundancy is built into servers. Each of the four discs
in a hardware-based array contains 25% of a company's data and a fraction of the
information on the other discs. This ensures redundancy across all the discs so
that data is not lost when disaster strikes.


Software-based array, is not as effective, because it
relies on the operating systems for it's overall functionality. If an operating
system becomes corrupted, information on the other discs can't be retrieved
because they are driven by the operating system. Despite the risk, some
businesses still live dangerously and use software-based array. Basic settings
in a computer can become corrupt and prevent the operating system from
recognizing the hard drive. Paper documents, which can be destroyed or
misplaced, are also at great risk. Dealers of office systems offer a solution
called Electronic Document Management Systems, which allow digital copiers of
papers to be stored and retrieved online.


Disaster can
strike at any time or place. It's the degree to which a company is prepared that
will determine the extent the business operations are adversely impacted. Data
backup, antivirus, and regular system checks are the best way to protect a
company's vital information.

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