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How you can prepare for times of business crisis

Digital risks to businesses have extended beyond the traditional data centre infrastructure. Businesses now need to make sure they have all the avenues covered and are continuously monitoring their risks. Businesses also need to understand all the touch points within their IT environment. This can be done with a resilience service provider like Disaster Recovery South Africa (DRSA).

The ability to act immediately against denial of service, ransomware, and other cyber-attacks will set modern organisations apart from their competitors. IT systems can no longer afford to take hours or days to recover from a malicious event.

End-point devices, edge computing centres and IoT devices also need to be included in resilience methodologies.

Resilience service providers like DRSA can provide flexible solutions without long-term lock-in contracts. Infrastructure can be built within minutes, workloads can be moved, and additional resources are now available instantly. These advantages make recovery time objectives achievable and demonstratable.

Hyper Visor replication, third-party software and the arrival of localised cloud solutions can also provide simple ways to ensuring IT resilience.

The days of tedious backups, long-term contracts and legacy data movement products are numbered. Replicated solutions can now be commissioned in extremely short timeframes.

In today’s ever-evolving IT landscape, flexibility is another key consideration because in live production environments, resilience components also require agility in tandem with production elasticity. CTO’s require the agility of their resilience components to match the fast pace of change set by evolving businesses.

Three to five-year projections are no longer relevant and can hinder a business’s capability of remaining relative in a competitive marketplace.

What to do next

It is important that you review your current business resilience strategy. By asking the following questions.

  • Has it kept pace with the business’ requirements and have you included all the touch-points?
  • Is your Executive on board with your business resilience strategy? It is no longer the sole responsibility of IT departments to keep the lights on.
  • Does your business resilience plan consider other factors such as the protection of client information and the risk posed by cyber criminals?
  • How would you respond in the event of a cyber-attack?

To be able to answer these questions well, you should investigate the new technologies that are available. Things are changing rapidly, and the latest solutions can make your planning and operations much easier.

Once you’ve done this research, you’ll need to match your businesses requirements to the solutions available. You will also need to evaluate your current resilience service providers, to ensure they understand these solutions and keep abreast with the latest technologies available.

Ensure your chosen resilience plan can be repeatedly tested and, equally importantly, ensure that your business is able to monitor risk on a constant basis.

Finally, deploy solutions that can measure and alert executives to potential risks – which can change daily.

Don’t wait for those dreaded yearly audits to highlight risks – be proactive and understand your risks on a daily basis.

DRSA is expertly equipped to provide flexible and suitable business resilience services to your business during times of crisis.

They have a wide scope of knowledge regarding business resilience – ranging from disaster recovery and cloud services to data recovery and cyber security.

Get in contact with DRSA today and find out how they can help your business!

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