Did you know that over 75% of data loss is caused by only hardware failure and human error?
When people think of disaster recovery planning, they oftentimes think of a natural disaster striking, but most disasters are NOT natural. In reality, a true disaster can happen at any time, so it is important that your company is well-prepared. This chart shows the leading causes of data loss and knowing these can help you be ready for any sort of disaster that may occur.
Preparing for a disaster doesn’t mean you have to write a 40+ page document planning every specific role and each step that has to be completed. Because who wants to do that? What it does mean is that you are backing up your data and doing so frequently.
3-2-1 Backup Process
Here at Corporate Technologies, we follow and recommend the 3-2-1 data backup process.
What is it? The 3-2-1 process means having 3 separate copies of your data stored on 2 different types of media, and at least 1 copy stored offsite. Basically, the first copy of your data is stored on your actual computer. The second version is backed up on to a local device and the third is stored off-site in the cloud.
Why? The 3-2-1 backup rule protects your data by ensuring there is no single point of failure. So, if something were to happen to one of your locations, the others will still hold your data – allowing you to restore in the event of an emergency.
What About Ransomware?
Can ransomware encrypt backups? The short answer is yes. There is a chance that ransomware can get into the system and encrypt your data. However, there are security practices you can implement to decrease the chance of your backups being infected. These include the 3-2-1 rule and frequent back ups that allow you to have multiple recovery points to choose from. Your backups are your most important defense against a ransomware attack, which is why it is important to have them properly implemented into your business.
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