Why do you buy house or car insurance? In some locations, it’s illegal to be without it.
But the legal system aside, what reasons do people have for paying month after month, year after year?
Protection. No one ever expects a disaster to happen to them, but they purchase insurance just in case.
In the business world, disaster recovery works in similar ways to house or car insurance. No one ever wants a disaster to occur—in fact that’s why so many companies put overlapping measures in place to prevent one—but if it does happen, it pays to be prepared and protected.
The high cost of ‘oops’
While disasters that affect your business can be caused by nature, like hurricanes or earthquakes, the more common types of technology disasters are usually caused by some form of “oops.”
Human error plays a large role when things go wrong with technology. It typically occurs through an unintentional action or non-action—like accidental keystrokes while writing code, forgetting to change passwords, or failing to update software. These seemingly small errors open your up business to potential data disasters, either malicious (malware, ransomware) or accidental (unplugging a server by accident).