You May Have a Backup, But Could it Be Better?

So, your business has a backup of all your critical data and information. That’s great, but it could be better. Having any backup is better than not having one at all, but not all backups are created equal. Now is the time to give your company’s backup and disaster recovery solution a good look. Today we are going to go over four things to consider when evaluating your backup and disaster recovery solution.

Which Data Are You Backing Up?

Think about your current backups. How much data are you backing up? How much do you want to back up? Ideally, you want to back up as much of your data as possible. More likely some data has priority over others. This would include any data you have a legal obligation to back up. No sense in dealing with compliance issues for not correctly handling confidential or sensitive information.

Are You Protecting Your Data Backups?

Backing up your data is critical. Keeping it secure is just as important. This is especially true if you keep your backup on-site. There are the common threats to your network, like a hacker or virus, and unpredictable events, like natural disasters or equipment malfunctions. Leaving unprotected backups on-site during any of these events could mean your data is lost forever. This isn’t to say an on-site backup is a bad idea, having on-site backups is necessary when you need to recover lost information quickly. But having a backup to the backup off-site gives you the extra protection your information needs.

Where Are Your Backups Stored?

On-site backups are great; off-site backups are even better. If a user accidentally deletes a document or a workstation crashes, an on-site backup is available to restore the lost data. For significant recovery efforts, you need something more secure. That’s an off-site backup. An off-site backup is stored and secured in a server off-site or the cloud. You can’t have too many backups, and that’s why we recommend the 3-2-1 backup rule. Have three total backups: one on-site for easy access and two off-site in the event the on-site backup is lost.

Have You Tested the Reliability of the System?

As the adage goes, practice makes perfect. What good is backup if you can’t restore it properly? Like a fire drill, routinely practicing your data recovery procedure can ensure that it can be carried out when it’s needed most. Every employee will know their role in data recovery and can make sure that it can be implemented as quickly as possible. You don’t want to find out the procedure doesn’t work at the worst possible moment.

If you need assistance planning a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution for your organization, IT Support Guys is here to help. Our BDR solutions have helped small to mid-sized businesses just like yours secure all their important data and avoid crippling data loss events. To learn more, reach out to us today at 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897).

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Ben Jones

Technical writer Living in Tampa, FL. Originally from Indiana.
In my free time, I cook, play golf, stay active (either outside or at the gym) and patiently waiting for the next Star Wars movie.