BOSTON, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Although small businesses recognize the significant impact data loss could have on their business, more than half do not have a disaster preparedness plan for business data, according to a study from Carbonite, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARB), a leading provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small to medium sized businesses. With National Disaster Preparedness month planned for September, Carbonite will offer a free live webinar for small businesses to help them prepare to safeguard their businesses with a plan they can create on their own. "Jumpstart Your Business' Disaster Planning: Top 3 Elements of a Do-It-Yourself Program" will be held on Tuesday, August 28 at 12:00pm ET (9:00am PT).
"Research has shown that while 81 percent of SMBs see data as their most valuable company asset, 57 percent are unprepared to protect should disaster strike*," said Pete Lamson, senior vice president of Small Business, Carbonite. "Furthermore, FEMA has stated that 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never re-open after a data disaster, so small business owners need to review the risk and to prepare accordingly."
"We hear from small businesses far too often that they think a disaster plan costs too much money or takes too much time, and we want to show them that preparing for a disaster can be done with ease and affordability. Businesses that are prepared overall and are safeguarding their valuable business data will be in a much better position to get their businesses back up and running after a disruption," continued Lamson.
During the webinar, Lamson will address the common reasons a small business owner may not have a disaster preparedness plan in place, what can happen to these businesses should a disaster strike and how they can create a plan on their own. The session will also take a deeper look into actionable items that can be implemented today to help protect small businesses and provide resources to help further prepare them overall.
Attendees will learn:
- What common misconceptions are holding back many small businesses from having a disaster preparedness plan in place
- The 3 critical components a disaster preparedness plan for a small business should include
- How to create a plan to help ensure your business can continue operating should a disaster – natural, technical or otherwise – strike
- Key (free) steps a small business can implement immediately to get a plan in place
TO REGISTER: Registration is now open online at https://carbonite.webex.com.
About Carbonite Carbonite, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARB), is a leading provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small and medium sized businesses. Subscribers in more than 100 countries rely on Carbonite to provide easy-to-use, affordable and secure online backup solutions with anytime, anywhere data access. Carbonite's online backup solution runs on both the Windows Mac platforms. The company has backed up nearly 200 billion files, restored more than 7 billion files and currently backs up more than 300 million files each day. For more information, please visit www.carbonite.com, twitter.com/carbonite, twitter.com/carbonitebiz, or facebook.com/CarboniteOnlineBackup.
*Carbonite Small Business Back Up and Running Study, August 2011.
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