How to protect your business using cloud computing

 In IT Support

As companies these days strive to save time and money by going paperless, all of their data is being digitised in the process. Adopting cloud computing is one of the best ways a company can save money, increase productivity, and focus more on their core values.

However, in doing this, they are exposed to two types of disasters that can potentially shut down any company, regardless of the industry served.

Any business, regardless of size, should be proactive. So what are these disasters that can shut down the doors of even the most successful of businesses?

Natural disasters and cyber attacks

The first are natural disasters, such as strong weather storms, earthquakes, fires, and flooding. 40% of businesses that experience critical IT failures will go out of business within 12 months.

The 60% that make it out of the hole and survive will typically suffer huge financial loss as well as significant strain on personnel.

The second kind of disaster can be classified as cyber attacks or hackers. These attacks are becoming far more popular as even the most outdated of companies move into the digital age as they strive to keep up.

The reason that this is popular from a hacker’s perspective is simple: profit. With the right connections in the underground world, hackers can profit from almost anything, whether it’s stealing data or holding your infrastructure hostage.

How can these disasters be avoided?

Your company’s data is one of its most important assets. 60% of businesses that lose only their data will shut down in less than six months. That’s how important it is.

Using cloud-based services to store and manage your company’s data should be a high priority as it significantly reduces the risk of natural disasters and cyber attacks.

Cloud-based services are monitored 24/7 to ensure your data is safe. Secure, off-site facilities are used to help mitigate any potential threats from natural disasters. Often times data is redundantly backed up in secondary locations in separate parts of the country to prevent one single disaster from wiping out an entire data centre.

However, these data centres are typically built to various specifications should a natural disaster actually occur.

Migrating your company’s existing data to a cloud-based data centre is not as difficult as it sounds. It is well worth the time it takes in order to have peace of mind that, should a cyber attack or disaster occur, your data will be safe and experts will have your business back up and running in no time.

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