Even though ransomware and malware attacks are on the rise, many companies don’t take action to implement robust disaster recovery plans until they are in the midst of a major incident.
When working with an IT support provider, data backups are one of the first aspects you should address to avoid a single IT failure derailing your entire company. But how should you back your data up? And where should you store it?
Here, we’ll look at four ways you can perform data backups to ensure you can get back up and running within minutes in the wake of a cyberattack or natural disaster.
#1: Cloud Backups
One of the best locations to store backups is online, and in recent years, the cloud has become one of the most popular destinations for businesses to store data.
There are several advantages to storing data backups in the cloud. Firstly, it’s an off-site location, which means if your premises are damaged or destroyed, your backups will be safe. Secondly, it’s a highly secure location, as the data is stored on servers protected by physical security measures and firewalls. Thirdly, there are multiple redundancies in place should one server fail, meaning your data will always be available.
#2: Manual Backups
It’s always an excellent idea to have your IT support team or a member of your staff take manual backups. These usually take the shape of physical hard drives or, more often than not these days, USB flash drives.
The advantage of manual backups is that they can be taken offline and stored in a safe location, such as a fireproof safe. This protects your data from any malicious actors who might try to delete or tamper with it while attempting to restore your systems.
The slight drawback with manually backing up your data in this manner is that it can be time-consuming, and it’s unlikely that the entirety of your firm’s data will fit on a single drive. However, it’s still an excellent way to protect your data.
#3: Off-Site Backups
It’s crucial that you have some form of backup off-site in case of a natural disaster physically damaging your premises. While cloud backups technically count as off-site backups, there’s no harm in having an additional form of backup in a different location.
One way to do this is by having your IT support provider create a local disk or server at their headquarters to back up your data. In that scenario, should your building suffer fire damage, for example, you have the data ready and waiting to be restored when the time comes.
#4: Off-Site Server Replication
Lastly, it’s not a bad idea to have an entire server dedicated to replicating your data either on an ongoing schedule or in real-time. At Corp Networking, we can create server replications using operating systems including Windows, Linux, and Macintosh, to name but a few.
Mirroring your every action in this way gives you an up-to-date copy of your data at all times and, should something happen to your on-site server, you can quickly get back up and running without having to undergo a lengthy data restoration process.
Contact Corp Networking to Discuss Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Services
Irrespective of the nature of your business, one IT failure could cause serious damage to your operations, reputation, and ultimately, your bottom line. As such, it’s essential that you have a robust data backup and disaster recovery plan in place to mitigate the risks.
At Corp Networking, we have a team of highly skilled and certified IT support professionals who can provide you with bespoke data backup and disaster recovery services. We understand that no two businesses are alike, so we’ll work closely with you to devise a solution tailored to your specific needs and requirements.
To find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today to discuss your options. We are available on 0151 334 2543 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.