These days, when businesses think about disaster recovery, they’re likely focused on COVID-19. For many companies, the sudden lockdown was the most disruptive event that ever happened to their operations. And many of those businesses are now worrying about new risks to their data created by the fallout of the pandemic.

But focusing exclusively on the risks that COVID-19 poses to your company’s infrastructure could itself be a risky move, leaving you exposed to other dangers. The threats to your corporate data, network, and digital systems are far broader. These threats existed long before the pandemic, and they’ll be with us long after life returns to normal.

Common digital disasters that could strike anytime 

With that in mind, consider these common types of IT disasters, and ask yourself how well your company would be prepared to recover from them right now.

Power outage

It doesn’t grab international headlines like a pandemic, or even a high-profile corporate data breach. But local and regional power outages are an extremely common occurrence even today, and they represent a real threat to your operations.

According to a 2017 Gartner report, four out of five global businesses had suffered at least one recent power outage that disrupted their operations.

If your offices, or the region where your quarantined employees live, experienced an outage right now, what DR plan do you have in place to get business operations up and running again quickly? And how much downtime do you estimate that disruption would cause?


In 2019, Internet security firm Kaspersky conducted a massive investigation into malware prevalence across the web. The company found that nearly 20% of computers were subjected to at least one malware attack over the previous year.

As a business with customer data and other intellectual property stored on your digital networks, you have to assume the rate of attempted malware attacked on your company’s machines will be higher than average. But even if we take Kaspersky’s overall estimate, that means if your organization has more than five computers with access to your mission-critical data and systems, the odds are one of them will be the subject of a malware attack.

What systems and procedures do you have in place, today, to protect your corporate network against malware? And if one of your machines or systems were breached, how would you respond?

Hardware failure

According to a Google study on solid-state storage devices, roughly half of hard drives can be expected to fail within five years. In fact, Google found that the hardware’s age is more likely to contribute to its eventual failing than its usage. 

Most IT teams simply don’t think about the need to inspect their physical machines on a regular basis; they are more likely to inspect a hard drive only after an employee has complained they’re having difficulty with it.

This is a key reason that hard drive failure is one of the most common reasons for corporate data loss. It should also prompt you to ask whether relying on on-prem data storage devices could be unduly putting your company at risk of losing critical digital assets.

Cloud backup and DR: Be prepared for any disaster

Although you can’t guarantee that your company will never lose mission-critical data or suffer IT downtime, the smartest and most comprehensive solution to all of these potential disasters is to enlist the services of an expert provider of cloud-based data backup and recovery solutions. 

OffsiteDataSync has been safeguarding businesses’ critical IT systems for decades. CIOReview Magazine recognized OffsiteDataSync as one of the “20 Most Promising Disaster Recovery Solution Providers,” and we were named the 2019 North American “Partner of the Year” for Veeam, the world’s #1 cloud data management company.

And to learn more about how to set up an effective disaster-recovery strategy, download the eBook OffsiteDataSync developed in partnership with Veeam.