MSP: Backup and Disaster Recovery

MSP: Backup and
Disaster Recovery


Keeping your production IT environment secure is a crucial way to ensure that your business stays ahead of its competition.

Imagine if you leave your IT network vulnerable, your company will be subjected to cyber attacks like malware and ransomware.

And last week, we discussed the importance of updates and how it will mess with your systems. So how does a MSP help?

Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR)

Have an updated Operating System (OS) duly updated, and its updates tested is not sufficient in today’s cyber landscape.
When ransomware hits your company, a sound plan for backup and disaster recovery can ensure business continuity.
It is the deciding factor whether your company makes out of attack intact or not.
A MSP worth their two cents will have properly mapped this out in the beginning of the contract.
A common, modern strategy will advocate the 3-2-1 rule.
3 copies of the data will be made available on 2 storage media, and 1 off-site
The 3 copies of the data will include 1 that is used for production.
the 2nd copy will be stored locally on a server. And the remaining 3rd copy will be sent to an off-site location or the cloud.
And no tapes are involved. Please stop using that.
Automated Backups and Testing of Backups
With the backup process automated, your company does not require manpower to verify the backup and if it will work in the event of a data disaster.
Testing of your backups? Also automated.
When you do need the restoration to be done, it can be completed in hours, and days by the MSP.
Your company will never have to spend a single cent on expensive data recovery processes where it can take up to weeks and months to possibly re-construct all of your loss data.
Market rate for data recovery right now is between SGD$0.80-$1.00 (~USD$0.50-$0.70) per GB of data. So if you have 1TB of data, that will be easily SGD$1000 (~USD$700)!
And it doesn’t include the price of the storage media that it will be re-constructed on.

Cyber Threats

In the instance when ransomware comes knocking on your company’s door, you can forfeit paying the ransom on the upwards of SGD$1000 (~ USD$679) and just restore the workstation, and/or server involved.
This is important because statistics show that a company that is willing to pay the ransom the first time will continuously get hit in the following days and weeks.
Another concerning factor is that new strains of ransomware now comes with malware, where the malware stays in your network device and can  allow the hacker another chance to illicit a ransom from your company.
That was one looooong post on backups.

And what does Business Continuity has to do with all of these? Find out next.

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