There was a term that used to be widely used in the IT industry. That term was “security through obscurity.”
“Security through obscurity” was the idea that people who were interested in hacking into a company or stealing data would only be interested in going after the big guys. Companies like Walmart, Target, Equifax, etc… were the kind of companies that cybercriminals would pursue and the average small business wasn’t big enough to interest them.
For a while, this was true. The average small business didn’t need to worry about getting hacked or getting attacked by a phishing scam. They could operate with minimal cybersecurity and be fine.
This hasn’t been the case for a while now. With the advent of more sophisticated technology, hackers and cybercriminals are able to send out nefarious malware and scams en-masse. Small businesses are no longer secure because they are obscure. Everyone with an email address is at risk.
So why does this matter?
Only 40% of businesses have a disaster recovery plan. Out of that group that has a plan, only 40% have tested that plan in the last year.
This means that a significant number of businesses are completely unprepared in the event of a disaster scenario. A disaster could be a ransomware attack, a phishing scam, a power outage, a network failure, etc.
Most of the time when people think of disaster recovery, they think of losing their data or their power. They don’t usually think of losing their phones. The reality, however, is that in a disaster scenario, phones are also at risk.
Disaster recovery is incredibly important. A business needs to have a plan in place to stay running, even when a disaster strikes. This also includes phones. When a business experiences a disaster, they need to be able to communicate with their customers and partners.
The question every business needs to ask themselves is “if disaster struck tomorrow, would I be prepared? Would I come out on the other side?”