World Backup Day: Our Top Tips for Backing up
26th March 2019
It’s almost World Backup Day and that can only mean one thing…
Some useful advice from your friendly (and award-winning) local IT support company!
Heres our 5 top tips for backing up…
Make sure that you always keep at least one copy of your data offsite and disconnected from your company network. This may be stored on an encrypted hard drive and kept offsite or saved in a cloud service such as Microsoft Azure.
This will protect against:
• Ransomware / Malicious software
• Fire / Floor or other local disasters
Know where your data is, make sure it’s being backed up. Check file shares, emails, SharePoint, finance or CRM systems, and even local computers. If any location contains information critical to running your business, it needs to backed up.
Make sure you perform regular test restores – this will let you confirm your backups are ok and will give you an idea of how long it may take to recovery services and data. If any issues are identified, this allows you to make improvements before a real disaster hits.
Identify any critical business services. Ask yourself, if that service failed, would your business continue to run? How long could you manage without it? Think about Recovery Time Objectives – how quickly services and data need to be recovered. Also, think about Recovery Point Objectives – how much data are you willing to lose. Use this information to develop a Disaster Recovery Plan. When a disaster does hit, you’ll be better prepared to respond.
Backup regularly to make sure you don’t lose lots of data in the event of a disaster. Decide how often you want to backup. This may mean taking a daily backup for files that change often, or weekly for those that rarely change. Some companies may opt to backup multiple times of the day. See what fits with your company.
PC Comms Services:
Whilst we are already maintaining & managing backup services for many of our customers, we thought we’d also take the time to introduce our new improved backup services: https://www.pccomms.net/services/online-backups/
Want to know more? See our article on Backup terminology
Visit the official World Backup Day website.