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Four ways to minimise down-time if an IT disaster strikes your accounting data

by , 12 November 2014
Your company's accounting data is crucial to your day-to-day running of the business. Without it, you're blind to what your company's doing financially.

Now, if you've joined the thousands who do their accounting digitally, you know what an IT disaster could do. At worst, you could lose all your data in this situation and that could be fatal to your business.

Thankfully, we're here to help. We have four things you must do to minimise the down-time that normally happens after such a disaster.

Read on to find out what they are...


Four things you must do to ensure an IT disaster doesn't leave your company financially stranded 

As a starting point, put these five key areas in place to immediately minimise risk:
1. Get insurance to cover damages.
2. Regularly use off-site backups so you can access your accounting data if there's an issue with your local equipment.
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3. Install a security programme to stop intruders from stealing or damaging IT equipment (i.e. alarms, security armed response company, panic buttons, etc).
4. Install an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) or generators for power outages so you have time to save and backup accounting data before shutting down your computers and servers. This reduces the risk that your data will irrecoverably lost.
Putting these in place will help you limit the loss of or damage to data because of technical problems.
This will allow you to quickly recover your data and prevent losing it all together. That means you can quickly and easily get back to work.
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