From natural disasters to man-made errors, your organisation’s data is vulnerable to many risk factors. And your backups are no exception. So, the security you provide to your organisation’s data should extend to the backup data as well.
According to a Data Center Knowledge report, “Business success is directly tied to the availability of our computer systems, and the common goal of companies today is to accept no tolerance for downtime.” In other words, you need to follow proper data backup processes to ensure that you can recover in the event of a data loss event.
4Top Tips to Ensure Proper Data Backup and Recovery
- Audit backup processes regularly: Backup and recovery is not a one-time job that can protect your data indefinitely. It is an ongoing process. The IT department’s task is to audit all data backup and recovery practices from time to time to ensure that all important information is protected and can be recovered in a timely manner in the event of a disaster.
- Practice makes perfect: This adage can be applied to everything, even data protection. Every organisation should regularly test its data recovery processes to verify that every aspect of the process is understood and to bring to the fore scope for any improvements that may enable quicker data recovery when necessary.
- Get ready for large data volumes: Organisations everywhere are experiencing challenges associated with growing volumes of business critical data. You will need to prepare strategies for backup and recovery of large volumes of data to ensure recoverability of your organisation’s data should disaster strike.
- Don’t forget natural disasters: In considering the extent to which you would be prepared for the damage and loss of onsite data that could occur during natural disasters like fires or floods, you will realise that you need more than just an onsite backup. In such an event you would need to have access to a full set of your latest backups from a secure and protected offsite storage location.
Remember these tips and implement them ASAP. You never know when, how and what kind of data loss event might strike your organisation. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.