Backups are undoubtedly one of the most important solutions for business safety.
While having ‘a’ backup is a good idea – it’s important that it’s not just any old backup, and the solution you choose to implement is done so with great consideration. Having a durable and robust solution is imperative should you ever need to utilise it to get your business data back; whether it’s been compromised from a human error, cyber-attack, or a natural disaster.
There are 5 pro-tips we recommend to all businesses to ensure your solution is there for you in your time of need.
- Organisation is key:
Before a backup solution is even considered (or updated), we always recommend that your company develops a standard way of sorting files that includes minimising data sprawl and consolidating files into as few locations as possible. Implementing a file structure that helps your files remain consistent within your organisation, will lend a hand to easy replication of data to backup solutions, and also simple remediation should you need it.
- Prepare for the worst:
As grim as it sounds, preparing for the worst is the best thing your company can do when it comes to backing up your data. Unfortunately, even with the best security in place, you’re never 100% safe from a disaster. Think about the implications of what would happen to your business is all of even some of your data disappeared – how long would it take to recover, if at all? Knowing that your data is recoverable from even the worst hypothetical occurrence will give you great peace-of-mind.
- Implement a 3, 2, 1 backup strategy:
This best practice rule for backups goes like this; have at least 3 copies of your data (that’s the one copy you’re using and two backups), store backups in at least 2 different locations (hard drive and USB drive, NAS device and cloud server, etc.), store 1 of those copies offsite (so that there is always data available to recover if something physical were to occur to your locally stored backups, such as theft or natural disaster).
- Automate your backups:
Ensuring your solution includes incremental (we recommend at least every 60 minutes), automated backups (including replication to an offsite location, like the cloud) is essential in getting the most out of your backup solution. Manual backups can be very time-consuming and always require at least one person to do the job. They also pose the risk of being forgotten about or skipped for whatever reason, leaving your company prone to lose an extended time-frames worth of data if something were to go wrong and your systems were compromised.
- Test, test, test:
So you’ve got this great, robust, top of the line backup solution in place for your company, but does it actually work? Your IT Provider should test your backup solution to ensure files are backing up as they should be, and systems are easily restorable should you need it.
We have created secure backup guides for industries most impacted by this legislation. Download your free guide below:
- Backups and data protection for Australian Healthcare Providers
- Backups and data protection for Australian Insurance Providers
- Backups and data protection for Australian Accounting Firms
Your business data is your livelihood. Did you know that 60% of SMBs who lose their data in a disaster simply can’t recover and end up closing? Creating a fool-proof backup solution should be of the upmost priority to any business. If you would like some advice on your current solution, or to look at an updated solution for your company, please contact us through the form below.