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Severe Weather – Data Safety Tips

If a hurricane hit your business today, would your data survive?

Here’s how to protect  your data from an impending natural disaster.

  • Keep all electronics out of basements and off the floor in general. Basements are naturally cool places, but are the first to flood.
  • If possible, unplug your hardware-laptops, printers, and other electronic devices-from all power sources.
  • Invest in a surge protector. Surge protectors and battery backups should be checked or replaced every few years to ensure the highest level of effectiveness.
  • To help protect against water damage enclose any valuable devices in plastic or place in a water-tight plastic bin.

Sometimes hardware damage is inevitable, so perform backups often. This will prevent data loss even if the device itself is destroyed. Although there are reasons to be wary of online data storage, the cloud might make sense for people in disaster-prone locales who can’t afford off-site storage. You’ll be storing your files on remote servers that will be safe from whatever disaster takes down your computer.

Mike Cobb, Director of Engineering and CISO
As Director of Engineering, Mike Cobb manages the day-to-day operations of the Engineering Department, including the physical and logical recoveries of rotational media, SSDs, smart devices and flash media. He also oversees the R&D efforts for past, present, and future storage technologies. Mike encourages growth and ensures that each of the departments and their engineers continues to gain knowledge in their field. Each DriveSavers engineer has been trained to ensure the successful and complete recovery of data is their top priority.

As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Mike oversees cybersecurity at DriveSavers, including maintaining and updating security certifications such as SOC 2 Type II compliance, coordinating company security policy, and employee cybersecurity education.

Mike joined DriveSavers in 1994 and has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside.

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