Hurricane Irma is one of the most dangerous hurricanes to hit Florida in over a decade. As people are lining up for supplies, we understand that the Miami-based business owner is concerned about their company. As of September 8th, the National Hurricane Center has reported that Hurricane Irma will be in Florida as late as 2 am on Sunday morning. Our Miami IT support experts predict that given the conditions are safe, Miami Business owners may re-open businesses by Tuesday. But to keep your business safe, our support team recommends that you take the following precautions to protect your business.
Remember Your Data Backups
Data backups are an essential part of every business. In the most basic sense, data backups take all the information that keeps your company running. On a regular day, our IT Support team recommends conducting a data backup for your business at least once a day. However, while preparing for a hurricane, our team recommends monitoring your data a little more closely. Before landfall, be sure to keep an eye on your systems and make sure that backups are available. It is best to back up your data a second time to affirm that your data is safe.
Keep All Your Passwords in a Secure Location
It is common knowledge that cyber attacks thrive off of natural disasters like Hurricane Irma. That is why the best way to stop a cyber attack is to prevent it from happening. Our IT Support experts strongly suggest that if you choose to concern yourself with only one thing, it should be your company passwords. Before you close your business, be sure that your company passwords are in a secure location and are safe from potential cyber attacks. Our Miami IT Support team recommends that you keep your company passwords in a locked file on your company’s cloud.
Check Your Servers
The most important thing to do is to keep your server in a secure location. You must move your servers to high ground immediately. Many news sources have confirmed that Hurricane Irma will result in flooding. You will lose all your company’s information if your server touches the water. It is known that 80% of companies that lose their information, never recover. To keep your servers safe, put them on a rack at least 6 feet off the ground. Secure any loose wires to ensure maximum security. Keep a backup of your server’s information, because if your server breaks down, at least you will have a copy of your company’s information.
If you can, Move Your Most Important Files to a Cloud Storage
Hurricane Irma is poised to hit South Florida as a strong Category 4 hurricane. A hurricane this powerful almost guarantees that power will go out. At that point, residents and business owners will have no choice but to wait for FPL to restore South Florida’s electricity. If your business has generators and backup internet, be sure to keep your most important files safe by moving them into the cloud. Back in 2004, Nerds Support was established as one of the first IT Support companies to embrace cloud solutions and 13 years later, the company is still a leader in cloud solutions in Miami. Once your files are in the cloud, your employees will be able to access their work from any place, anytime on any device.
Take Care of Your Equipment
Keeping all your files in a secure location is more useful if you have devices to access your information from. Before closing your business, you must make sure all your equipment is accounted for. Be sure to turn off your computers and all your monitors before you leave your office on Friday. After you turn them off, store them in a safe place. Our IT support experts agree that your equipment needs to be stored in a secure area. A secure area will make sure your equipment will not get lost in flood or winds. In fact, they suggest a closet with high and sturdy shelves.
Nerds Support is Your Number One Resource to Contacting IT Support via Chat, Email or Phone
Most people don’t know, but when a local disaster struck Aventura, over 50 businesses were shut down for nearly three weeks! Only one business, out of 50, was able to stay open. The reason why that business stayed open was because Nerds Support had the resources needed to keep Miami businesses open. This weekend, however, a small disaster will not mildly inconvenience Miami. The Magic City will go silent. People will lock themselves in their homes and brace for one of the biggest disasters in over 10 years. Nerds Support is a 24/7 IT Support Company that will be there to help with operating systems and disaster recovery. Our thirteen years of experience has given us the insight to know how to prepare for Hurricane Irma. So, when you walk into your business on Tuesday morning and find that your need immediate IT support, call Nerds Support immediately at 305-551-2009, or fill out a contact form right here.