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  1. Business Continuity Planning

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    With a potential pandemic sweeping the globe, businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations are beginning to test the strength of their continuity planning—or lack thereof. And in today’s tech-focused society, a company’s ability to keep things humming along during quarantine or other sudden disruption largely depends on its data services. Learn why business continuity services are so essential and how Integrated Axis Technology Group can help organizations meet their continuity goals.

    What is Business Continuity Planning?

    Business continuity planning allows businesses to seamlessly adjust to unexpected events by protecting and maintaining crucial data and systems. These plans can encompass everything from a brief power outage to a wildfire evacuation to a terrorist attack. By creating a plan that can adapt to a variety of different variables, businesses will be able to minimize shutdowns or supply chain issues that can cause significant disruptions.

    Many business continuity plans depend on the cloud—both to back up crucial documents and programs and to provide remote workers the ability to work from home. A business continuity plan can be as detailed or as simple as an organization would like, but in general, the more detail, the better. The best continuity plans have concrete, clearly-communicated benchmarks, and standards to ensure that everyone operating within the plan is on the same page.

    Business continuity plans should be tested regularly. The last thing any organization wants is to discover a major fault in their disaster planning (or data breach) when it matters most. These tests can be as simple as a quarterly work-from-home day to ensure that all key personnel has the infrastructure to log in and perform their routine tasks no matter where they’re located.

    How Can Organizations Maintain Cybersecurity During a Disruptive Event?

    There are a few things that businesses can do to create a secure, reliable continuity plan.

    First is to identify and prioritize the key, core business functions, and time-sensitive tasks—the types of tasks that are necessary to keep things running. Next, you’ll want to lay out the steps required to recover core functionality, like setting up employees with a VPN, transferring processes to an off-site server, or assigning workers to retrieve certain items from headquarters.

    You’ll also want to name a continuity team: managers, directors, security officers, IT personnel, and others who can strategize and create plans that minimize business disruption. These plans should be tested and tweaked regularly, incorporating suggestions and adapting to changes in the logistical landscape.

    Finally, it’s a good idea to distill this information down to a simple checklist or flow chart that everyone can use for reference. From emergency contact numbers and email addresses to an index that helps employees determine where specific information is stored, these “cheat sheets” can be incredibly useful.

    Throughout this process, keeping your data secure is the key to emerging unscathed. If you’re wondering whether your own business’s continuity planning could use some work, look no further than Tucson’s Integrated Axis Technology Group. Integrated Axis offers backup and disaster recovery services that can protect against malware, hackers, and other threats to your business.

  2. How Secure is Your Cloud?

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    How Secure is Your Cloud?

    When you own a business, your personal data is often intermixed with your organization’s information. Even if you don’t use your own devices to access your cloud storage, you could still have personal details at risk.

    Protecting your business and cloud storage is always essential. Most businesses handle a wide range of data that, if exposed, could cause everything from plummeting brand perception to compliance issues and even the interruption of your normal operations. When you are the owner or a key stakeholder, you face even more risk. Your own cloud networking could put your personal banking, identity, and account information at risk.

    How Secure Is Your Cloud?

    While cloud storage is affordable, scalable, and provides you with a pristine copy of your important files in the event of an emergency or disruption, those files need to be stored securely. If you are unsure of the measures your organization or a provider is taking to secure your cloud data, you could be at risk. The type of firewall or virus protection used for personal computing is not enough for a business, and it’s not a security solution. Cloud security is essential for any brand with a network.

    Increased Risks for Small Brandscity with security icons connecting

    Cybercriminals have figured out an important fact — the more you need your data, the more you’ll pay to get it back. The ideal target for criminals who launch ransomware and similar attacks is not a huge enterprise. They tend to target small to mid-sized brands that rely on data to operate. This means that small businesses face more risk than ever before, particularly those that store sensitive financial, medical, or legal information. Health care providers and centers have become incredibly appealing targets because they can’t treat patients without records and data.

    Lawyers, retailers, and finance brands face a similar risk. They have a lot of data that they need to access, but that data also needs to be protected. Shortfalls in data security are typical for these types of businesses. Ones that may not have an onsite dedicated IT team to ensure business security. Data and cloud protection must be up-to-date and adequately protect the organization and clients.

    Do You Have Enough Cloud Security? Phone and computer with security icons around them

    While every brand is different, yours should be able to detail the steps your brand is taking to protect your cloud. If you don’t know and don’t have a dedicated business security pro on hand, your business is likely at increased risk. You’ll also likely have an increased risk if you have data security measures in place but aren’t regularly updating them, training employees to spot phishing, or insisting on good password choices.

    How many days could your business run without your network? If you aren’t sure, don’t know what measures you have in place, or know their effectiveness, we can help. Integrated Axis Technology Group provides seamless, integrated solutions and cloud services designed to ensure one of your organization’s most significant assets —your data — is secure. Contact us today for a checkup to see how we can help you protect your Arizona business from those who seek to harm you.