Can You Answer These 5 Crucial Questions About Your Data Backup?

October 24, 2017

Of any solution that might help your business out of a jam, data backup is possibly the most important. However, a backup is only as reliable as it is configured to be. To ensure your backup is optimized to your organization’s needs, we’ve compiled a few questions to ask as you examine your backup solution.

Is the right data being backed up?
To determine this, identify what data your business needs to function and what data is irreplaceable. This should be your priority in preventing potential data loss. Consider what data your business simply could not do without and make sure that data is preserved. Once protected, determine the next highest priority, and so on.

How often is data being backed up?
In the interest of protecting critical data, a backup should be performed daily. Additionally, there are enhanced products that can perform more frequent file backups for failover protection in addition to regular backups. This way, your data loss is minimized, allowing you to continue with your day with as little interruption as possible.

How long does it take to restore your data?
While restoration time has been reduced significantly by today’s technology, a complete restoration can still take considerable time. The amount of time will depend on the quantity of data being restored. Test restores should be conducted regularly to determine restoration time, and to assure the backup is correct. A fast restoration of data will be useless if the backup is corrupt.

Is your data being backed up properly?
When backing up files in a workplace, the originals should not be located on an individual workstation. Instead, files should be saved to a centralized network, which should be backed up. That way, a malfunctioning workstation won’t cost you critical data.

Is your backup secure?
This may be the most crucial consideration you make when backing up your data. After all, having an insecure backup is no better than not having a backup at all. 67.2% of data loss in businesses is due to hacking. Your data needs to be encrypted before it is stored in an offsite location to ensure it is protected and safe from an event that affects your place of business.

A reliable backup solution is one of the most important things that a business can implement to ensure its continuity and prosperity. CalTech can help you put a backup solution in place that meets all five of these considerations. To get started, email info@caltech.com.

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