At its most basic, data backup is the copying or archiving of files and folders so that you can restore them in case of data loss.
Top causes of data loss
Natural disasters and deliberate cyber-attacks account for the majority of data loss in small to medium-sized businesses. Other top causes of data loss are hardware failures and human error. Additionally, computer viruses, file corruption, fire, and/or theft could be to blame.
Data, a financial asset, should be protected.
Savvy businesses recognize that data is essentially a financial asset and must be treated with a high level of protection and care. That’s why data backup is essential.
Your backup solution should ensure your data remains unchanged during storage and guarantee accessibility whenever and wherever you need it. It should also protect data against unauthorized access.
Is your business equipped to handle a data disaster?
There are a variety of ways to externally backup data: system disks, removable hard drives, data centers, and cloud backups.
High Touch Technologies can help you find the option that is right for your business.
A Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solution can reduce downtime following a disaster, emergency, or other catastrophic event. More and more business owners are preparing for worst case scenarios due to the fact of rising attacks on enterprise networks.
When thinking about data backup, we recommend a five step approach:
- What – Determine what data is essential to your business operations and customers
- When – How frequently do you need to save a new backup?
- Local backup – Backed up files are stored on-site on a second internal drive, an external hard drive, network attached storage (NAS) or CD/DVD-ROM. Many companies succeed here – but this only gets you halfway.
- Cloud services – Storing a backup off-site is crucial, if anything happens to your physical location or your backups get stolen, you need a failsafe. Cloud back up is not only available anytime and anywhere, it’s also scalable for your business.
- Testing – The worst time to discover that your backup failed is when you are in the situation to need it. Testing is the follow through of the process.