Five Reasons SLED Organizations Need a Disaster Recovery Plan

Your state, local, or educational (SLED) organization may be operating on borrowed time if you don’t have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place. Natural catastrophes have never been more threatening than they are right now. According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 20 separate weather and climate events caused at least $1 billion in damage in 2021.

At Thrive, we understand you require an IT infrastructure that is strong, secure, and resilient. That’s why our solutions provide customers with several advantages, including safe, dependable business continuity and data recovery.

A disaster recovery plan (DRP), in its simplest form, is a collection of guidelines, tools, and processes designed to change how critical technological systems and infrastructure are restored or maintained following a natural or man-made disaster.

The terms disaster recovery planning (DRP) and business continuity planning (BCP) are frequently used interchangeably.

Disaster recovery plans focus on the steps that must be taken before, during, and after a loss. In contrast, BCP is the preventive process set up before managing a disaster.

Unplanned downtime examples include:

  • Cyberattacks
  • Hardware failure
  • Software failure
  • Power outages
  • Data corruption
  • External security breaches
  • User error

At Thrive, we keep your infrastructure operational.

The following are five advantages Thrive can provide for your BCP:

  1. Minimal Data Loss, Fast Recovery. For protection against incidents that could completely disrupt regular business operations, Thrive offers NextGen IT business continuity solutions that minimize data loss and offer quick, automated recovery of essential systems. Thrive’s Cloud-based Enterprise-class business continuity solutions are ideal for organizations of any size. They are tested and proven DR solutions to meet demanding recovery objectives.
  2. Priority Restoration Approach. An essential part of an effective business continuity plan is identifying your company’s mission-critical deliverables, prioritizing restoration, and conducting a proactive risk assessment to determine key risk factors that can disrupt processes. To guarantee that the response tactics and data security techniques stay relevant, Thrive’s disaster recovery plan, which includes a BCP framework, is most successful when updated and tested regularly.
  3. Cost Savings. Developing and executing a DR plan is often limited due to budget, technology, resources, or the availability of skilled professionals onsite. That’s where Thrive comes in. Our Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offering is a cloud computing service model that allows an organization to back up its data and IT infrastructure in a third-party cloud computing environment. This makes it possible to regain access and functionality to IT infrastructure after a disaster.
  4. Rapid Deployment.. Thrive’s Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) provides virtually no data loss and costs less than increasing the recovery speed of the current provider. The Thrive team can virtualize physical web servers and set up shadow servers in a Virtual Private Cloud.
  5. Monitoring 24x7x365. Thrive offers complete access to our Network Operations Centers (NOCs), which are staffed by senior technicians and disaster recovery experts and accessible 24x7x365 to implement your DRaaS plan in the event of a disaster or an emergency. Our specialized monitoring and alerting procedures safeguard your vital systems and data.

Thrive’s business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions assist our clients in being prepared for the worst.


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Vulnerability in SLED: How to Navigate Threats Targeting Education

State education agencies and school systems are on high alert due to a rise in ransomware attacks on K–12 educational institutions.

Computer systems in schools have been the target of cyberattacks, which delay access and interrupt digital and remote learning. In other cases, ransomware threatened to steal and leak private student information unless schools paid a ransom. As schools implement more technology in classrooms, the threat landscape is ever increasing.

The cost of most ransomware losses is downtime, which can be even more expensive than the settlements. Cyberattacks can also ruin an organization’s reputation. Since private schools and other educational institutions compete for student applications, this can have a greater impact.

If a school fails to protect critical data and practice effective cybersecurity, it will reflect poorly on that organization.

The following are the main risks to educational institutions:

  • Cyberattack: A person, group, or entity that generates all or some of an incident with the intent to compromise the security of a person or an organization.
  • Domain Spoofing: Establishing web domains that resemble trustworthy websites to deceive users who input URLs incorrectly or click on similar URLs.
  • Doxing: The act of gathering or disseminating personally identifiable information about a person online, usually with malevolent intent.
  • End-of-life Software: Outdated programs and devices that no longer receive patches, security upgrades, technical assistance, or bug fixes leave users open to assaults.
  • Phishing Emails: When someone poses as a reliable entity in an electronic contact in an attempt to steal sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, or bank account information.

Because educational systems have limited people, funds, and resources, and as cyber threats get more sophisticated, these IT infrastructures are at serious risk.

Here are several ways that Thrive can contribute to the digital security of educational organizations.

  • Thrive has a committed staff of cybersecurity engineers working around the clock to safeguard your mission-critical infrastructure.
  • To avoid data loss, Thrive advises your facility to back up its data to an impartial third party.
  • To reduce susceptibility, Thrive collaborates with your organization to detect security flaws.
  • To identify cybersecurity threats, Thrive builds a long-term strategy by learning about your organizational goals, people, procedures, and technologies.
  • Thrive delivers tailored security-managed services to safeguard your institution while reducing cyberattacks.

At Thrive, we have 700+ technical resources and IT experts with a cumulative 3,000+ years of experience managing security for educational institutions of all sizes, using the best technology to safeguard your network from online threats.


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