Honda manufacturing plants in Ohio and Turkey went offline Tuesday, June 9th after a cyberattack compromised the Japanese automakers facilities. Cybersecurity researches suggest a ransomware attack is the most likely to blame. As you can imagine Honda suffered huge losses for shutting down operations in these plants, and we are going to address this sort of issue so we don’t experience downtime in our businesses. Business continuity is a broad issue and encompasses everything having to do with the business process. For the sake of this video we are going to focus on business continuity from a server standpoint. If you don’t have a server, this video is not for you.

The first thing we have to consider is just how fragile this process can be. Everyday businesses become more and more reliant on modern technology. The benefits are increasing efficiencies. The downside is increasing fragility, especially when it comes to on premise servers. If you have a server in your office, its of tremendous importance because it serves as the foundation of your network and is largely responsible for providing the resources your other computers need to carry out the business process.

As many of you know so does the rest of your network, and because of this your server is your single point of failure. It’s our weak link in the office. So what can cause a server to go offline? Anything from a hardware failure, power outage, sabotage, extreme weather and in Honda’s most recent example, a cyberattack. Once a server goes down it takes a certain amount of time to bring it back up. What it takes to bring it back up is largely a factor of what caused it go down in the first place. Sometimes parts have to be ordered. Sometimes data has to be restored from a backup. Sometimes in the case of a fire or a flood the office has to be rebuilt.

Now I know what you are asking yourself. “Okay Chris, that all sounds great, but when should I consider investing in a business continuity service?” Before we go to market, I suggest having a better understanding of what it is we are trying to prevent, and that depends on your business. The first step in being able to answer that question is to perform a calculation on how much our downtime costs us. There are so many factors that go into performing this calculation so we provided a link in the description for our free downtime calculator. Once you have that calculation, you will have a real life dollar and cents understanding of what downtime will cost your business, and you will have a reasonable understanding of what you should budget in order to avoid that cost. A business continuity service is not for everyone. If you think it might be for you, use the link in the description to run some initial calculations and feel free to reach out to Engler IT anytime.

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