4 Essential Data Backup Practices
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In today’s world, businesses encounter threats on a daily basis that can negatively impact their business by seriously harming their data.
These threats can strike any moment and cause unpredictable damage to the infrastructure of any corporation. Various forms of disasters including natural, accidental, cardinal mistakes or just bad luck all have the potential to cause untold damage.
Protection and preparation are two key factors which every business owner must keep in mind when planning ahead. Many businesses include a data backup plan, but it is important to set this plan up for optimal performance.
Often the day-to-day tasks can make it hard to focus on the larger picture. Taking a moment to pause and reevaluate your systems infrastructure will set your business up successfully, but it is essential that the plan is also meticulously followed.
Integrating these four simple practices into a data recovery plan can be the difference between a complete system shutdown and a seamless transition that can happen in the blink of an eye.
- Encryption and Protection
Backup copies of data are often the easiest security target as they are often unprotected and do not always include the same level of encryption as an original copy.
It is fundamentally necessary to use encryption on all files, particularly backup files as they are more likely to be a threat. These backup files are targeted because they are used much less frequently than original files. However, due to the nature of the file, it can still contain sensitive data and be equally valuable while not immediately noticeable in many cases.
This threat requires that every backup file remains protected by encryption at all times and stored in a secure location preferably online. But this does not address physical threats to the files.
Each file must additionally be stored in a manner which keeps it free from natural disasters. The best practice is to ensure each backup is resistant to weather, impact, and even floods or fires.
Backup encryption keys and passwords need to be stored in a separate secure location so that data can be successfully restored in the event of a disaster.
- Back up additional copies
Security threats to a business can often times be addressed with multiple copies of data backup. One copy of backup will leave your entire business dependent on that one copy of your data. This is extremely unfavorable as it is likely that the backup can be compromised as well.
Backup data can easily be targeted during security breaches, lost in an accident or disaster, or become damaged in numerous ways. This is why it is key to have more than one copy of your data backup.
Backing up all of your data on two external hard drives can be a great solution but if both of these copies are stored at the same physical location this can create a problem.
If the location where these external hard drives are stored suffers a natural disaster it would likely wipe out all backup files. Below we’ll cover how to make and store backups the correct way so you can remain protected.
- Follow 3-2-1 rule
This rule has been identified as one of the most integral pieces of any data backup plan and it is extremely important that these three items are established for best results:
- 3 copies of data
- 2 different variations of storage (the cloud, external drive or internal drive)
- 1 off-site location for data backup (cloud, or different location than main office)
These rules were created in order to ensure there are enough copies, that these copies are stored in various ways, and that the copies are also stored separately. Following these three steps will ensure that at least one of the copies will be available in the unlikely event of a natural disaster or accident.
Storing data can often times be just as important as protecting or encrypting it. By making sure these three steps fall into a data backup plan, your business will be protected all year long against all possible threats.
- Business continuity is key
Its easy to overlook when we don’t pay attention too much, but natural disasters are a fundamental threat to any business.
It is likely that many businesses will not recover if there is not a business continuity plan in mind prior to a natural disaster. Reopening the business after a natural disaster is near impossible but with the proper planning in mind it can be as replacing hardware or changing locations.
Various forms of natural phenomenon can impact any business in several ways. Whether the threat is an earthquake, tsunami, flood, hurricane, or wildfire your data must stay protected and store in a secured location where the disaster is less likely to strike all locations.
Particularly if your business is in a high-risk location which is prone to natural disasters, it is essential that there is a plan in place well in advance for data backup.
These practices may be simple enough to implement internally but not every business has the tools or knowledge to execute the best plan.
At SpireTech we are fully equipped to lend a helping hand and ensure your business runs continuously without any hiccups.
Connect with us to learn more about how we can help set you up for success for the next year.