Always Prepare for the Worst

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In the IT world, there are many unfortunate scenarios a business can experience ranging from a security breach to their building burning down. Some scenarios can be absolutely devastating to the business, while others can be more easily resolved.

Here are some examples of scenarios your business should be prepared for:

Malfunctioning hardware or software
Over time, hardware fails. Parts can get worn out or malfunction from a defect. Accidents can also happen to hardware, like spilling water on a keyboard or dropping a laptop. Software can glitch from time to time. Software files can also become corrupt. Usually there is no specific reason why this happens, and no definite way to figure out what caused the problem in the first place. 

There are many different categories for malicious software. Viruses, malware, and ransomware are just a few. Viruses usually are softwares that can replicate themselves and spread from host to host. Malware are softwares which can prevent the computer from working properly, like locking it up or causing annoying pop-ups. Ransomware encrypts all of the files on the computer, and may spread onto the network, encrypting files on other computers too. Some types of malicious software disguise themselves in email attachments, leading the user to open an attachment and release the malicious code. Others disguise themselves as an anti-virus program and can look innocent but cause issues. 

Security breach/stolen data/theft
Servers can get hacked and those hackers can steal your business’ data. Not all security breaches are caused by hackers. It is possible for someone to physically steal data, whether it is stealing a computer, server, or external hard drives, or moving your business’ data from a business computer to an external device. 

Natural disaster/fire
Natural disasters and fires do happen but they are pretty unpredictable. There is only so much you can do to protect your business from these scenarios.

What can you do to protect your business?

– Make sure your data is being backed up
– Keep a physical copy of your data backup at a different physical location (sometimes doesn’t apply to cloud-based backup systems)
– Keep antivirus software updated and verify its functionality
– Don’t install unknown programs or open attachments you’re not expecting
– Physically secure your computers, servers, and any other devices that contain your business’ data

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