At TechSoup, we believe that when it comes to maintaining continuity of your organization's services, that backup is essential to following the Boy Scout's golden rule to "be prepared."
Beyond major natural disasters, a variety of regional, local, and office-centered emergencies might compromise your ability to get work done and continue conducting business as usual for your supporters, clients, users, and community.
What happens if a water main breaks and floods your office? Or a nearby wildfire knocks out your phone and Internet access? What if a staff person simply loses a laptop with critical info? Maybe losing a day of work won't hurt too much, but what if that extends to three days, two weeks, or months? Backup systems are essential to keeping your important data and critical services running.
In this free TechSoup Talks! webinar, TechSoup's Becky Wiegand interviews Nutmeg Consulting's Chris Shipley and Sarai's Zac Mutrux about the different types of backup options including hardware, portable devices, and hosted services. We also hear from Ana-Marie Jones from CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, who shares insight from her experiences training nonprofits to be prepared. This is an introduction to backup systems for emergency planning and does not cover in-depth evaluations of specific services or tools.
While we'll always recommend having a backup for your backup, this discussion reviews the different options so you can decide what types might best serve your organization's needs and help you recover from any type of disaster — however big or small — that might come your way.
Check out our disaster planning guide: The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery and the introductory webinar on disaster planning, Disaster Planning: What Organizations Need to Know to Protect Their Tech.
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