Did you know: 60% of backups are incomplete and 50% of restores fail. Not having proper backups in place could be the difference between fully recovering your data in the event of a disaster or shutting your doors for good. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, 93% of companies that lost their data for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy within one year of a disaster and 50% filed for bankruptcy immediately. Having a solid Disaster Recovery Plan and a Backup Recovery Solution is critical to reducing downtime in the event of a natural disaster or data breach.
While its very clear that having a solid backup solution in place is important, some may not know best practices when it comes to implementing a solution. These pointers will help you make the best decisions possible when choosing a backup solution for your company.
- Use Remote Backup Storage
Having your data on a different server completely is best practice when it comes to backing up your data. That data can be on a server that is completely off-site or on-prem but making sure you have backups separate from your main servers is critical in making sure that data doesn’t get compromised.
- Make sure you are backing up your data frequently and regularly
Having a well thought out data retention policy and schedule for when your data is backed up is also critical in making sure the most recent and up-to-date information can be recovered in the event of a disaster/cyber-attack.
- Consider how long to keep each of your backups.
Once you decide how often backups are going to be performed, you need to decide how long to keep that data. Depending on the industry you work in, you may have restrictions as to how many years of data you are required to keep.
- Encrypt your backups for an added layer of protection
Having your backups encrypted allows for another layer of protection and it will ensure that the data will not be readable in case of unauthorize access.
Using these simple pointers could be the difference between restoring your data and having to close your business for good due to loss of data and revenue. Here at Biz Technology solutions, we implement a strategic plan based on your needs to make sure your backups are working properly! If you are interested in learning more or would like a copy of our disaster recovery template, click the link below!