General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

Technology & Practice Guide

Eight Steps to Preventing a Disaster

The following precautions can protect your firm’s investment in computer equipment:

1.

Create a disaster recovery plan.

2.

Take a hardware inventory.

3.

Take a software inventory.

4.

Establish and enforce software policies.

5.

Backup. Backup. Backup. Test backups.

6.

Take password security seriously. Even small offices should have some level of password protection.

7.

Establish in writing and distribute to all staff policies for backing up files, updating programs, and deleting and purging files.

8.

Run virus-protection software.

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