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How to Create a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan for Remote Workers

As remote work has become increasingly popular during the pandemic, so has the risk of cybercrime. With accidental insider threats already an issue, the adoption of remote work only increases this risk. As a result, it’s essential to develop a complete BDR or backup and disaster recovery plan that can address emerging risks at a safe social distance.

In fact, recent data shows that 54% of IT pros consider remote workers more concerning than on-site. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are using the shift in remote work as an opportunity. This is because uniform security frameworks are now fragmented across several locations and myriad access points. Phishing, weak passwords, and malware are all common examples of ways your data can be compromised.

How to Build a Backup & Disaster Recovery Plan

Here are a few tips for creating a modern backup and disaster recovery plan:

Reevaluate your current BDR plan: Are your current recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives current? If it is, does it also extend to remote work? By evaluating your specific BDR needs, companies can more accurately identify specific pain points that improve your present BDR plan.

Secure secondary solutions: With 40% to 60% of small businesses going out after a major disaster, organizations can’t afford a disaster that interrupts the day-to-day operations. This is why it is important to have secondary internet connections such as a VPN for remote work.

Backups: It’s important to double down on backups for your data to minimize recovery time and maximize safety. With employees living or working a significant distance from local servers you should have your data backed up company servers as well as the cloud.

Permanent changes driven by COVID-19 pandemic pressures mean that working from home is here to stay. Check out the infographic below for more tips on creating a backup and disaster recovery plan.

Infographic created by MXOtech, a managed network services company

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