Hurricane Season Far From Over: Is Your Business Prepared?
The statistics in the United States from Hurricane Harvey and Irma are eye-popping. The cost of these hurricanes are anticipated to dwarf both Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.
If a hurricane were to hit the East Coast tomorrow, would your business be prepared? Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Carribbean have all experienced the devastation brought on by these storms, but the Northeast region of the United States is not in the clear. Hurricane season lasts through November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a 60% change of above average tropical development in 2017, and their predictions are proving true. In total, we should expect to see up to 19 tropical storms, 9 of which are expected to become hurricanes. Of those hurricanes, we may see as many as five categorized as a level three or higher. As of September 20, there have already been 13 named storms with 7 hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey, Jose, Irma, and Maria reached major hurricane status of level 3 or above.
This is an alarming concern for any business whose operations — and reputation — can be severely damaged when faced with significant downtime and data loss. A study published by The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council found that more than one-third of organizations surveyed lost one or more critical applications or data files for hours at a time over the past year. Hurricanes are the most destructive force when it comes to data loss, usually responsible for power failures, floods and the closing of many businesses so don’t wait until disaster strikes to take initiative. Without a proper data backup and business continuity plan, you are at risk of facing days or months of recovery time if your backup solution proves to be inadequate against a storm. 98% of organizations report that a single hour of downtime can cost over $100,000.
If you lack confidence in your current data back up and disaster recovery program, iCorps Guardian® solution ensures levels of protection including local backups and recovery through onsite image-based backups and business continuity through secure backup and disaster recovery in the cloud. The Managed Service enables your organization to recover from virtually any outage or disastrous event – from data loss and server crashes to major disasters.