The Importance of Data Backup

In a landscape where threats are constantly evolving and cyber attacks are gaining in sophistication, managed service providers are called upon to regularly reassess the importance of securing their customers’ data. Implementing agile and reliable defense strategies is becoming increasingly crucial for businesses of all sizes.

Why is data backup so vital in addressing security threats of the day? 

Scams such as data exfiltration and malicious encryption are becoming increasingly frequent and sophisticated. Despite the growing complexity of IT infrastructure management, safeguarding business-critical information is possible thanks to coverage that ensures that even in the event of compromise, data can be recovered. This approach is therefore crucial to defending organizations against a variety of threats, ensuring information availability and business continuity, and is an integral part of the overall cybersecurity strategy.

Which backup strategy should you choose? 

Data loss, corruption and infection can occur at any time, even when following best practices. Regular diagnostic testing is essential to maintain information integrity and enable rapid recovery in the event of an incident.

At MicroAge, we recommend the 3-2-1-1-0 backup process. Although still not foolproof, it does guarantee optimum protection of information, whether stored in the cloud or elsewhere. 

  • 3: Always hold three copies, including production data plus two additional copies.
  • 2: The two additional copies must be stored on different media (cloud, external disk, NAS, etc.).
  • 1: At least one of them must be off-site (cloud-based data replication or external disk removed from site).
  • 1: At least one of them must be offline, with no network connection.
  • 0: Zero effort required after data recovery, guaranteeing correct restoration of files and folders.

This rule, or its variants, provides the necessary level of protection against the loss of critical information, and enables effective recovery should the need arise.

With cybersecurity as a hot topic in IT today, prevention awareness and a robust, dynamic strategy are of paramount importance. By understanding your organization’s data storage objectives and vulnerabilities, you can better deal with potential attacks and reduce the risk of compromise.

Let us help you counter emerging threats with proven strategies. Our cybersecurity experts can guide you according to your organization’s specific needs. 

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