Think We’re Over Reacting? Here’s A Real Life Horror Story…
We speak to all our clients about creating or updating their business continuity and disaster recovery plans when we onboard them. It’s an ongoing concern we will keep circling back to until the realise how important it is, and give the green light to put something in place.
The problem we often face is that business owners don’t see the need to do it immediately. They view our warnings as prophecies of doom that are highly unlikely to happen, and refuse to put a plan in place.
Several of them have lived to reget this, as the worst did in fact happen…
Let’s take Richard as an example. That’s not his real name, but for the sake of anonymity we’ll call him Richard.
As Rich headed into work that day he had no idea anything was wrong. But when he booted his computer up, ready for another day of work, he was greeted by an ominous message informing him that he had been a victim of ransomware.
Boom. Every file on his system was locked.
Everything he had ever worked for was gone.
If you are lucky enough to have no experience of ransomware, be grateful. Ransomware is a type of malware which threatens to publish the victim’s data or to perpetually block access to it until a ransom is paid.
Our client found all of his data frozen. It was not physically possible to access a single file on his system. All he could see was a demand for an exorbitant ransom.
And he had NO BACKUP.
Can you see where this is going, right?
Yep, we’d spoken to him on multiple occasions about the need to backup his data and put an effective strategy in place. He’d ignored us, because it didn’t seem likely that anything that bad would happen.
He got that wrong.
Luckily for him, we were able to recover enough of his data that his business survived, and he never had to pay a penny. While this was great for him, it wasn’t a full restoration, and it was a little miraculous we were able to do it at all.
It is by no means guaranteed.
The moral to this story is that now our client has an effective backup and disaster recovery plan in place, ready to use should something catastrophic happen again.
In trying to avoid the expense of implementing a plan, Richard cost himself a hell of a lot more in lost data, and still had to spend the money putting a plan in place.
You know that advert for breakdown recovery with the young lad who wanted to save the money and spend it on a pair of jeans? He’s stranded at the side of the road with a busted car, and oil all over that nice pair of designed jeans he bought.
It’s like that.
Are You Ready To Secure Your Business?
We understand the struggles that come from running a small business and the anxiety that stems from considering the worst. It is, however, a necessary step if you want to avoid a very expensive – and potentially fatal – incident.
Book a Free Audit now and we’ll assess your business needs, figure out exactly what you need in place to ensure your business continuity, and implement everything for you.
We’ll also be right here to help you activate that plan. Should the worst happen, you’ll be well prepared, and you won’t be alone…