Causes Of Downtime For Small Business IT Systems

If you have been in small business then you have probably felt the effect of downtime due to IT system crashes, lost important client files or your company’s financial records!

Even worse, what would happen if your computer network was offline and not available for a longer period….days-even weeks? Are you aware of the causes of downtime? Do you have a plan to deal with a major outage?

Disasters can happen at any time. That is why it is critical to have a disaster recovery plan in place for your small business.

How To Minimise Downtime For Your Business

If your business is not currently prepared when disaster strikes, here are 3 things that you should have in place to make sure your business could be back up and running again:

1. Implement a Disaster Recovery Plan. A disaster recovery plan is a document that details the steps you will take in catastrophe.

2. Perform a risk assessment and regular tests of important systems in your computer network. Identify the most important parts of your IT systems. These items are susceptible if they would suffer from a single point of failure. Include your backup systems, UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) and Server.

3. Perform routine maintenance on your computer systems. Be proactive. Keep your IT systems up-to-date with the latest security patches, make sure that your anti-virus definitions are current and run monthly virus and malware scans to check for viruses and malware. When your provider performs monthly maintenance ask to see the report and go through the results….the devil is in the detail.

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