The state of Florida is no stranger when it comes to hurricane and storm season. For roughly six months a year, the Atlantic hurricane season provides potential threats to individuals and businesses calling Florida home. In fact, there is not a single stretch of coastline in the state that hasn’t at one point been impacted by a hurricane. Even for those more inland, the risk of landfall is still there each year.
Natural disasters often leave visible signs of destruction, such as damaged buildings, downed power lines, or flooded streets. Not to be forgotten is the damage these storms can have on non-visible assets – such as data. Knowing the potential consequences of storm season and taking proactive steps to prevent irreversible damage or loss is something in which all responsible business owners should invest.
HURRICANE & STORM SEASON
June 1 – November 20
Potential Damage to Hardware and Equipment
Storms often cause power outages or surges. In more severe cases, they can even damage electrical outlets, cause fires, and severely affect key equipment needed to run your business. Potential damage doesn’t just refer to PCs. Storms can also damage telephone systems, security systems, and other hardware equipment.
One of the major contributors to hardware damage during storms is lightning. Each bolt of lightning can contain upwards of 1 billion volts of electricity. When they strike, lightning bolts often cause electrical surges or power outages that may critically affect equipment that needs power 24/7.
Some hardware damage may be covered by business insurance, but the process for submitting claims and the time it takes for repairs or replacements causes businesses time – and money. Rather than wait for equipment damage to occur, the best strategy is to take proactive steps to ensure your hardware and equipment are protected before a storm arrives.
Potential Data and Information Loss
Physical damage is easy to spot. However, not to be forgotten is the potential for storms and hurricanes to impact important data. With electrical surges common during storms, hard drives can easily become overheated. Also, some storage solutions require a constant electricity supply, so power outages carry the risk of downtime and potentially losing data. The term data applies to a large variety of important information. It may include confidential employee details, proprietary information, confidential correspondence, or customer or client information.
Lost data is detrimental to business in any form. So, businesses must also consider the repercussions of data loss not only for the business but also their customers whose data they may also house. Lost or compromised data often leads to legal ramifications and loss of trust among customers, as well as disrupted operations.
IT Disaster Recovery Planning
When it comes to IT disaster recovery, we always recommend a proactive approach. Taking the necessary precautions now can save your business from hardship in the event that storms affect your business this season or in years to come. It’s important to consider both the potential damage and/or data loss, but also potential downtime associated with recovery efforts after damage occurs. There is little more disheartening for a business owner than being unable to operate as normal.
Luckily for those in the Jacksonville or Gainesville areas, there is a trusted local team of experts ready to assist you in preparing for hurricane and storm season. Kustura Technologies creates detailed and customized recovery plans for businesses so they are not left spending valuable time and money getting operations running again after a storm. Our IT disaster plans cover both visible assets (such as PCs and phone systems) as well as digital assets like important company or client data. Each plan includes the following:
Regularly backing up your organization’s data is crucial for ensuring quick return-to-normal operations after a data loss caused by storm damage. Backing up data on-site is a good idea. However, backing data up and secured elsewhere adds a layer of protection. Our disaster recovery plans include a data backup every 24 hours. These backups are stored in our privately owned level 4 data center and significantly lessen the level of interruption to your business’ activities when data is lost and needs to be recovered.
Electrical Damage Repair
Our plans also include the repair and/or replacement of damaged equipment, including phone systems and PCs. We know these pieces of equipment and hardware are critical for operations, so we have a team in place to address damages quickly and efficiently. Our team is highly trained and experienced in working with most leading manufacturers of office equipment. We pride ourselves on getting businesses back up and running after a storm as quickly as possible.
In addition to data backups, our disaster recovery plans also include data recovery. So, if your organization loses important data or information – we can help recover it and limit downtime. An important note is that while protecting data from damage or loss during a storm is important, equally as important is protecting that data from other risks, such as cyber-attacks. Our disaster recovery solutions pair very well with our cybersecurity plans – both designed to protect your data against all threats.
If you’re ready to become more proactive when it comes to protecting your hardware and digital assets before the storm season arrives, we are here to help you along the way. We will create a customized protection plan based on your organization’s needs and its biggest threats. We aim to give our customers peace of mind in all areas of IT – disaster planning being one of them. Contact us today to discuss the ideal protection plan for your business!
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