Companies should prepare for disasters

August 22, 2012

When a company invests in a cloud service, data protection becomes a top priority. Recent reports have come out describing recommended steps for cloud use. Security measures such as encryption and passwords are all recommended, but most importantly, every business should draft a recovery plan in case of a disaster.

FEMA and the National Preparedness Coalition named September National Preparedness Month. To honor this event, experts suggest that businesses update their plans to ensure maximum security in the cloud. Disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and power outages can all affect computer data and result in data loss.

DR plans are easy to set up, according to InformationWeek's Kurt Marko. The cloud can be linked to hardware options, providing a backup of all company information, Marko explained. This form of prevention offers an opportunity for employees to access documents anywhere, so businesses won't lose profit. Furthermore, mobile devices can even be used as an alternative for employees to access information.

In a recent survey conducted by a leading security company, only 45 percent of small-to-mid-sized businesses had a disaster preparedness plan in place. Experts agree that a having a plan is beneficial to a company. PCWorld suggests that once a plan is in place, companies should train IT employees on the best way to access lost data. Every quarter, companies should also test and reevaluate their plans.

Rather than hoping that a disaster doesn't take place, business owners should take the time to plan for an emergency in order to protect their company. Although some company owners might not think that a data loss prevention plan is necessary, it is better to be proactive than suffer the consequences of a data loss incident.

-McAfee Cloud Security