Though Boston may seem like it’s safe from natural disasters compared to places like Florida, it’s actually one of the most vulnerable cities when it comes to hurricane damage.
Boston is located right on the coast, which means it is prone to severe flooding, resulting in costly water damage, sewage backup, and destroyed property.
And while these severe storms and flooding can devastate homeowners, they can also severely impact businesses through permanently damaged equipment, power outages, and data breaches.
When this happens, Boston businesses only have one chance to successfully recover before they start experiencing irreparable damage. Because of this, it is imperative that your recovery site is consistently updated and tested.
Throughout this article, we’re going to take a look at how the City of Boston helps businesses when disaster strikes, how most businesses plan their disaster recovery, and what new options are out there to help them be 100% disaster-ready.
How Does the City of Boston Help Businesses with Disaster Recovery?
Boston deals with generally severe wind damage and flooding as a result of frequent oceanic storms.Because of this frequent damage, however, it does have some assistance already in place for businesses to utilize as they recover.
For example, the city recommends that people sign up for emergency alerts, have an emergency kit ready, and create an emergency plan to protect them when a disaster takes place. As well, they suggest that people report power outages so utility companies are better able to track problem areas and allocate resources.
While these suggestions and tools are great, though, they don’t necessarily protect local businesses or help them adequately recover from damage after a disaster has struck. It doesn’t It also won’t restore the data that is breached or lost as a result, something from which a business may not ever recover.
Current Disaster Recovery for Boston Businesses
A common way for a business to prepare for a disaster is to have an annual DR (disaster recovery) test performed.
However, traditional DR sites are not regularly maintained, and testing annually is not adequate for most businesses.
Additionally, current recovery tests are complicated, time-consuming to conduct, and difficult to manage (which is probably why businesses don’t like doing them).
To make up for not regularly testing, businesses tend to spend a lot of money on cybersecurity and data protection. However, in the case of a natural disaster, this isn’t enough to ensure information and property are kept safe.
IT professionals know just how huge this risk is for a business, and are aware of how it can lead to operations being disabled, ransomware attacks, or employee errors. Businesses that are not as tech-savvy, however, may not realize the dangers until it is too late.
Because of this, the only way that a business can properly plan for a natural disaster is to have frequent, innovative, and automatic DR testing.
A New Way for Disaster Recovery
Overall, not a lot of government assistance is available to help a business restart, and the current plan most businesses follow won’t set them up for success.
The loss of client contact information, important proprietary data, and employee information is devastating, especially if it were to be breached by a hacker.
In fact, businesses that experienced actual disasters found that they had 40% downtime on average because of incompatibilities between the DR site and your normal production site. This happens because your production site is regularly maintained, tested, and updated to keep up with the best and latest business practices.
The DR site, however, is static and is generally only looked at when it is being updated once a year or when a disaster occurs. So, when you actually need the site, the differences between it and your normal production site cause significant issues.
However, there are improved solutions out there that can help your business be prepared for any disaster that may hit.
To begin, you want to test your DR site and update it weekly, including areas of it such as the servers, the domain controller, the applications, the databases, web portals, network connections, resources and so on.
Rather than yearly testing, frequent testing should be performed to give companies a proper outlook on how to be prepared during any season.
Losing important data and files, getting hacked during an outage, losing network connectivity, and recovering from a disaster overall can lead to severe repercussions that many businesses aren’t able to recover from.
And with the city not providing much support for businesses, it can be difficult to figure out how to properly prepare and protect. Just because it’s difficult, however, doesn’t mean you should skip out on it. Instead of hoping that nothing will go wrong, it’s always better to be prepared!
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