Apr 4, 2017Industry insights,
Backing up - a business critical requirement
Any business that has experienced data loss will tell you one of the best ways to ensure this doesn’t happen is to conduct regular and reliable backups.
When was the last time you considered your current backup process? It might have been put in place a few years ago. If this is the case, and as technology has moved on, there might be a better, more effective way of ensuring your backups are robust enough for your business needs. It’s also worth highlighting that the business needs may have changed over the years. In a few years, businesses can grow and develop, which can totally reform their general requirement for data loss prevention.
The first step is to define the responsibility. Without this, it will be impossible to manage, and the overall control of the process will be compromised. If there is a clearly defined process that is built into someone’s roles and responsibilities, it will ensure the backup is conducted at the right time and with the right frequency.
To define the frequency of your backups, you will need to define your tolerance to data loss. In other words, how much data can your business afford to lose? A couple of days, a few hours, or even minutes? Doing this will define how frequently your backups need to be done.
There are many options available for conducting backups, but we tend to recommend businesses have more than one backup solution. Consider the benefit of having multiple backups, such as on a Network Storage Device or NAS, or on a removable storage device.
The rule we would recommend is two backups on-site and one off-site. In addition, it’s worth keeping in mind that Cloud applications for things such as emails, could also provide you with an off-site backup solution.
Whichever way you choose to do your backups, following these simple steps should ensure that your business is protected from a significant and costly data loss incident.