How to protect your computer network from Hurricane Irma

BIG IDEA: if your offices are anywhere in Central Florida, take this threat to Irma seriously. The “big idea” is to look around your office and imagine standing water on the floor. What will it take to protect your hardware in that scenario? Quite simply, unplug everything and get it off the floor. 

Here are 5-steps you can take to help make sure you are protecting your computer network. If you need any help getting your network ready, just call 888-MY-IT-PRO.

  1. Back up your data and keep the copy in a safe place. If you already have a cloud backup solution in place, great! If you’re backing up the old way to external hard drives only, you should bring them to a safe place. If you’re on OneDrive or Dropbox, you’re set, since these services automatically store your data in a safe, remote location.
  2. Shut down your computer and turn off your monitor. You should also turn off any peripherals, such as printers and external drives. One of the big risks is power surges. The only way to total eliminate the risk of a surge is to unplug  your device.
  3. Unplug the power cords from all devices. You may lose power during a storm. Surges can happen when power is restored. Unplugging from the wall will help insure the devices will be protected.
  4. Unplug the network cable going to your computer, as well as your printer (networked printers only). Lightning can send voltage through these lines, possibly damaging your network cards. Although, there is grounding protection in place in all of the buildings on campus to help prevent such events, it is still a good protective measure to take.
  5. If located near a window, you may want to cover your computer with a garbage bag in case water comes in. NOTE: Be sure to unplug the power from the devices before doing so. This will insure that the computer does not over heat when power is restored.