The Importance Of Backup & Disaster Recovery For Remote Workers

The current pandemic has created a drastic shift to remote work. With the remote work shift employers and workers were forced to quickly adjust. While there have been several benefits added to the current space, new challenges have been presented such as data security.

Threat Of Remote Work

Having employees all using their own networks to connect to their employers opens the door to higher cybersecurity risk. For example, 50% of people do not password protect home networks and 90% say they’ve used their work devices have been used for personal use. With these statistics in mind, this is why businesses should create a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) plan.

How To Create a BDR Plan

Because companies can’t have their IT staff set up in employees home, establishing a BDR plan is essential for cybersecurity. The most important element of such plans is making sure your recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) are up to date. It’s also important to back up your data in multiple locations such as on company servers and the cloud. Using a VPN to connect also provides a layer of protection for remote work.

Employees should also use good planning on their ends. This includes creating robust passwords and updating them regularly. Staff could also prepare a “bug-out bag” just in case they need to evacuate during an emergency. The bag should include work devices, extra power supplies, and other cables needed.

Working remotely has become the new normal, so businesses should prepare in the event of a cybersecurity attack. If you are interested in learning more about the importance of backup & disaster recovery, take a look at the accompanying infographic below.

Infographic created by MXOtech, a co managed IT company