Regardless of what type of business you’re running, a disaster will impact it. The severity of that impact will be determined by your approach to a disaster recovery strategy. Those who have drawn out their plan, tested it, and continue to revise it are positioned to be the least affected by disaster. What’s your company’s approach to disaster preparedness?
As society has become more mobile, remote-work opportunities have become an expectation of the workforce. And while this has boosted morale and productivity, there is a heightened need for security to prevent potential disastrous situations.
With workers accessing the network from in-office devices, IT has locked down the firewalls and most of the risk associated with letting cyber criminals into the databases. The situation is much different with employees gaining access to the network remotely. Your disaster preparedness strategy has to account for these risks.
Among the simplest, yet most effective, ways of reducing risk associated with remote network access is multi-factor authentication. Before an employee can gain access, they must go through a series of steps that authenticates who they are. This is found to be highly effective in keeping the cyber criminals out.
When an employee begins their employment, they’re taken through an onboarding program, which often involves cyber security training. The training shouldn’t end there. The threat landscape is constantly evolving, which means employees need to be kept up to speed on the latest phishing and ransomware scams, the most recent security trends, and ways to stay safe in the workplace. Proactive training can divert disaster related to human error.
Your daily tasks probably involve one or more outside players that are key to your business success. Maybe they’re a supplier or a cloud-based provider of applications you use regularly; regardless of who they are, you need to make sure that the access they have to your data is through a secure portal.
Furthermore, since these key players are involved in daily tasks, they need to be looped in to your disaster recovery plan. What role will they play as you deal with a disaster? What contingency plan do you have in place should you lose the ability to communicate with these players through your normal channels? Setting the plan in motion before an actual disaster will help you weather an otherwise horrendous storm.Working with an agent to give you access to the latest tools will provide you an advantage in disaster preparedness. At AMD Communications, we’re helping our clients get connected to the technology and solutions that save them big money on IT costs but also help them with their disaster preparedness strategies. If you want to stay on the cutting edge, save money, and reduce risk, contact us today.