Secure systems and high availability are a must for all organisations and we have great experience in delivering excellence in this area.

Security

Ensuring appropriate system security has never been more important with the need to access organisational information from any device competing against the need to ensure data security and protection from hacking and malware. IT security audit, assessment and remedial action where needed, are a sensible annual practice. Our IT audits, and ongoing service assess and manage:- Information security policies and compliance, including penetration testing where required, User access policies and practices, Network security, Device security, Software security, Change Management, Data processing policies, Data protection policies, Staff awareness and education. If you would like a review of your current set up or assistance in this area do get in touch.

 

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

The key to Business Continuity (BC)  is disaster avoidance. Just as it is much easier with planning and thought to avoid a fire than put out a fire, it is better to avoid disasters, than actually having to deal with them. As such Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity should be considered together and reviewed annually. Co-Operative Systems takes a practical, pragmatic and cost-effective approach to BC & DR. Every pound spent in this area means one less available for deliverable services, so BC/DR spend needs to be appropriate to the risks involved. For a micro-organisation, a BC/DR plan may be essentially the use of a family laptop and a free Wi-Fi link at an Internet café. For large organisations, complete data-and server-replication to remote data centres in a different country is not unusual and often justified. We insist that all clients we work with - both large and small - do consider Business Continuity, Disaster Planning and Recovery annually, and we walk through the possible scenarios with them.

We have produced a FREE simple DR checklist of the key issues to get you started. Request one by emailing us at team@coopsys.net.

If you would like an independent review of your recovery plans or deployment of Disaster Recovery technologies, we are happy to give initial input and guidance at no cost.

 

Backup

Having a reliable and robust backup is one of the most crucial elements of the IT framework and an essential part of BC/DR planning, though often not given the consideration needed. With data storage usage increasing all the time, any loss is likely to have a major impact on your operations. We advise and provide a mix of backup solutions in order to meet you Recovery Point Objective and Recovery Time Objective and always recommend you have at least two types of backup out of the following:

  • Tape/removable media
  • Enterprise level disk (DAS/NAS)
  • Cloud

Monitoring the backup system to ensure it is working correctly is all part of our service. As part of our on-site time, regular test restores are carried out to ensure you will be able to get your data back when needed. If you are unsure whether your current backup is giving you the right level of protection, get in touch and we will help you make a full assessment and analyse how this fits with your Business Continuity Planning.

If you have any questions on Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery or Backup Strategy do mail us:- team@coopsys.net