Businesses big and small rely on their data for many things and certain fundamental items should be included in a Business Continuity Plan. The constant stream of information that is needed by companies has the capacity to drive a business forward. It is vital that the organization keep up to date with developments in their industry sector, understand their customer’s needs, and keep track of all their employees’ personal records as well.
If something were to happen to all that data that is needed, your business could potentially be devastated. Having a Business Continuity Plan is essential, even for startups. Save time and money by ensuring that things are in place should something happen that would require you to need to put your plan into place.
Choosing the right medium in which to store the data you require is essential. A business can store data almost anywhere. However, the storage medium selected determines how quickly you can go from a server crash, and lost data, to being productive again. The best storage medium allows you to store large amounts of data, but also makes recovery quick. Understanding what the best options are for storage really comes down to your unique needs.
Once the best storage plan has been decided and implemented, it is essential that you test your backups to know they will work when required. One common unforeseen failure in data backup plans is corrupted files, found only once a catastrophic failure has occurred. You simply don’t know the integrity of your backups unless you test them.
Your accounting files will often be audited but when was the last time you performed an audit on your data? Include all the servers in your network to ensure you include all the critical data. Understanding where users backup data is helpful as these file servers hold essential user documents. Second, you always need to back up database servers. These servers contain critical company data. Finally, any application servers must have backups. Application servers can usually have more infrequent backups since they do not change often.
It would be a mistake to backup all your data then leave it in a random location unprotected. Poorly secured backups leave not only a few documents open to hackers, but tons of data. Backups are frequently forgotten when securing your network, but should have the same high standards for their security.
Data is your company’s most critical asset and one that you could not do business without. You need to know that should something happen such as a fire to your location or cybercrime, your company can survive.
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