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Top tips to teach IT for continuity

by on September 26, 2012

There are plethora factors in the information world that pose a threat to corporate continuity attempts, ranging from internal theft to external hacks, as well as natural disasters and noncompliant hardware or software solutions. Planning for all of these potential threats can be taxing and time consuming, so finding a handful of systems that provide the best security and support is idea.

Organizations have been relying on backup tape management for 60 years now, mostly because it’s reliable and partially because it’s affordable. The rise of new hardware tools have made tape a foundation for these resources to rest upon, providing archival and data support should fledgeling resources go foul, but there are universal ways of enhancing continuity.

Be diverse – The number of tools on the market today geared at disaster recovery is constantly growing, and sorting through redundant or useless solutions is key. Sticking with industry leaders and respected resources will keep data safe and make it easier to use. A single backup tool is never good enough.

Be thoughtful – Never assume that the current amount of knowledge in the company is not going to increase. There are always new developments in threat management, document retrieval and virus protection. Often these solutions coincide with unique threats, making it more important for IT professionals to keep track of current events. Verizon recommended regularly reviewing critical systems to make sure they are up-to-date and using the most prescient forms of security available.

Have a plan – The number of companies without a disaster recovery plan is staggering. More than half of all companies have no strategy in the event of a catastrophe, according to Symantec, and those without solutions are not in a rush to start thinking about them. If a company can anticipate the worst case scenario, it will be easier to plan for the unthinkable, but when a business intentionally avoids thinking about these situations, the likelihood of failure skyrockets.

Review systems – Having a strategy in place is useless if it doesn’t work. Verizon wrote in a release that regularly as well as randomly going through a disaster plan will ensure that it works and does so in the most efficient way possible. If this process is never acted out until the moment a crisis hits, there is a chance it will not work when it is most needed.

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