There is Nothing More Critical to Your Business Than a Well-Thought-Out Data Backup Plan

There is likely nothing more basic yet more important in information technology networks than a proper backup program being in place. Important data that is lost, stolen, or held for ransom can cripple an organization in an instant. That is why it is vital that managers ensure backups are in place and continually tested. You should be aware of your backup regimen.

Your Backup Must be Regularly Scheduled AND Tested

Are you aware of the status of the “backup” of your data on your personal computer or on your organization’s network or data in the cloud? In the IT world, folks talk of “backup and recovery” but what does that really mean. In short, backup is the system (usually automated software programs) that create and store copies of data. This provides protection from data being lost, stolen, corrupted or encrypted by bad actors. Recovery from a backup is the process of restoring original, unencrypted data to its original or alternate location.

Data Can Be Compromised in Many Ways

This is important because data can be lost or ruined due to a variety of factors such as hardware or software failure, internal or external data corruption, malicious attacks via malware, viruses or social engineering and even accidental deletion of key data/information. In short, a backup allows data to be recovered and restored from an earlier point in time.

What Do IT Professionals Recommend for Backups?

IT professionals, such as the folks at IT Radix, typically recommend backups to be stored both locally (for ease/speed of recovery) as well as off‑site (either in the cloud or in another location). If your data resides in the cloud, it’s always wise to have a separate third-party backup in place for this data too. This ensures that whatever the cause for the data loss, a recovery can take place. They also advocate a retention plan that covers a wide range of data—more copies of more recent data, fewer of older data.

So, take this BEEP as a warning! Be sure your data on your computer is backed up and know what is being backed up and how frequently.

IT Radix Has You Covered

You might decide that you need to take some action to get covered with a backup. IT Radix’s managed service plans include a local and off‑site backup that is proactively monitored and tested regularly. New to our managed services? You could win a fleece blanket and literally get yourself “covered” with a backup! As we like to say, when it relates to backup… “We’ve Got You Covered.”

Click here to learn more about how you too can be covered when it comes to IT backups and schedule a free consultation today!

First published in our March 2022 IT Radix Resource newsletter