From clearing up the snow in your storefront to hiring seasonal staff members, winter presents a number of unique challenges to a business. Did you know that data protection is one of them? Having a data protection and data recovery plan in place is absolutely essential for businesses facing the chilly winter months.
Increased Activity Means Increased Risk
Nearly all businesses experience increased web traffic during the holiday season. This is true even of service-oriented companies: many individuals attempt to get tasks that they have been putting off done towards the end or beginning of the year. The more your web traffic increases, the more likely you are to experience issues such as downtime. Take action to ensure that you have a server infrastructure that can support an increase in activity without either crashing or slowing. A slow or crashed server isn't just a problem to deal with - it will cost you sales.
Hackers Are More Active During the Winter
According to research, winter is the most active time of year for hackers. There may be a variety of reasons for this, but some speculate that being indoors so often leads individuals to more solitary pursuits - such as taking advantage of vulnerabilities in a company's security. If you're going to experience a data breach or other malicious act, winter is the most likely time. Be proactive about your enterprise security by conducting a risk assessment and securing your data beforehand.
Physical, Weather-Related Issues May Damage Your Infrastructure
Not all of your company's threats will originate from cyberspace. Physical threats such as El Niño could potentially damage your offices or server space. This illustrates one of many reasons why data backups should be in a separate physical location from your active servers. Fires are also more common during the winter months because of an increased need for heating. By keeping regular data backups through a service that is physically separate from your company's physical infrastructure, you can easily recover your data in the event of hardware failure or loss.
Winter is coming. Before it arrives, consider creating a comprehensive data protection and recovery plan. A data protection plan will include regular data backups in addition to the ability to quickly restore and deploy your data. CWPS's Easy Data Protection is the easy, simple way to keep your company's data safe. Contact us today if you want to learn more about the dangers facing your business.