The reality of how much we rely on the flow of technological information is never more real to us, than when it is no longer freely available.

It is critical that you have a Plan B in mind in the event of a disaster. Through careful planning and by partnering with the right IT support company, you can reduce the risk of losing IT and infrastructure services, preventing the devastation of your business.

Protect your Internal / External Systems and Intellectual Property
functioneight’s Security Solutions will shield your business from these potential threats. “Data theft leading to loss of proprietary information averaged HK$1.9mn per incident”, according to the FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey.

Back your information up regularly
Ideally, backed up data should be stored off site in a location that has hardware, software
and other relevant data ready to be used.

Protect your existing systems
Ensure controlled access, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), as well as back-up generators.

Modern business is all about mobility
Security of mobile devices is critical to ensure systems cannot be breached. The 2007 McAfee & Data Loss Survey published these staggering figures: “An ordinary notebook holds content valued at approximately HK$6mn in commercially sensitive data and intellectual property.” Enough said.

Location, location, location
Avoid using sites that are in close proximity to natural and man-made disasters.

Effective communication systems are key

  • Look for varied forms of inbound communication. You may need interactive voice response (IVR) systems to access databases if your operators are unable to assist clients.
  • Invest in communications systems that automatically re-route communications .
  • Mobile communication centres are viable options when traditional telecommunications systems are down.

Limit your downtime
Do the necessary to ensure that the primary point of presence facilities automatically restore service.

Remote access is a plus
By providing certain employees with secure remote access to your IT systems, you lose less productivity.

Hot sites provide instant reprieve
A disaster recovery facility that mirrors your business’s databases in real-time provides you with the option of being operational within minutes of a disaster.

functioneight’s Disaster Recovery Planning will ensure that you do not lose critical information and will provide you with Business Continuity. According to a study done by the University of Texas in 2007, “Of companies that had a catastrophic data loss, 43% never reopen, 51% close within two years, and only 6% will survive long-term.”

How safe is your business if disaster strikes?

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