Security and Disaster Planning

Security is essential. You must protect your business data. There’s a broad spectrum of computer security, from antivirus and firewall protection to biometrics (e.g., fingerprint readers) for network or application access. Bergen IT provides the tools for security from mobile devices to servers.

Disaster Planning and Recovery

Bergen IT will develop a cost-effective plan to avoid data disaster. If your company is in a situation where there’s data loss, backup alone won’t get your business up and running right away. Bergen IT will work to recover your data if calamity strikes.

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Storm Disaster
and Keep Your Data and Electronic Equipment Safe

Hurricane Sandy Data RecoveryHuge storms and other disasters are becoming increasingly commonplace.  Too often the results of these events are catastrophic.

Certainly this is true for business and home technology.  It’s essential that your delicate electronic equipment and your data are protected 24/7.  Take these ten steps now to keep disaster from wiping out your home or office data:

  1. Plan for Disaster
    Nail down a disaster plan so that your business gets back to work right away. In other words, plan for the worst.  There are many things to consider:  Is your data backed up redundantly and in multiple locations, and how quickly can you recover it?  If hardware needs to be replaced, do you have an updated list of what to get and from where?  Who will enable the recovery?  Without a plan in place, how will you be up and running when electrical service is restored?  Working with a professional ensures you have a good chance of preventing loss.
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  2. Backup … and More Backup
    Backup your business and personal files to both a local hard or flash drive and to the cloud.  This belt-and-suspenders approach ensures your data is safe.  Redundancy is the best protection.
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  3. laptop_smokingDon’t Get Fried!
    At the absolute minimum, have your equipment plugged into surge protectors.  This way electrical surges will not “fry” computers, network switches, routers, and other equipment, rendering them inoperable.
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  4. Brownouts are Bad
    Brownouts occur when electrical service is spotty. These events can damage computers, stereos, TVs, routers, and network equipment. Plugging your tech tools into a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) maintains constant voltage, wattage, and amperage.  If power is out for more than 5 minutes, power down your equipment before the UPS battery runs down.
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  5. Power Down and Unplug
    If you don’t have a UPS, power down your equipment the moment lights begin to flicker.  Keep your data safe by unplugging computers, network equipment, and storage devices from wall sockets.
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  6. Up High and Toward the Middle
    If there’s a chance of flooding, move equipment from potential flood areas. That means away from windows and outside doors, and perhaps onto shelves or even above the first floor.
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  7. IMG_1449Gotta Love Labels
    If you move equipment, be sure to label cables and accessories so that everything can be reconnected quickly after the storm.
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  8. Charge Up!
    Fully charge all portable devices – laptops, cell phones, etc.  Keep your laptop(s) powered down, not sleeping or hibernating, so that full power is available.
  9. Disaster Action Lists
    Think out various disaster scenarios and plan how to work though each one.  Create lists of actions for every scenario.  This helps prevent panic and provides basic guidelines for disaster recovery.
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  10. Go Team!
    Teamwork is essential.  Whether on a business site or at home, assign overlapping roles and responsibilities to ensure all bases are covered.

If your data is safe, so are your memories and your business.

Bergen IT offers Disaster Planning consultations, training, and maintenance plans.

Contact us now at solutions@bergenit.net or 201-689-1823.

Safety.  Security.   Bergen IT.