Is your backup strategy good enough?

According to a recent study nearly 1 of 2 people (46%) loses data every year for various reasons:

From hardware failure to security breaches and user errors, your data is might not be as safe as you believe.

The result of data loss can be devastating.

According to CloudBackup’s Facts about Data Loss 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster.

A good backup strategy can help keep your data safe and minimize the effects of data loss if occurs.

Even though a good backup strategy cannot protect your data from security breaches, it can sometime mitigate the risk by encrypting cold and hot storage, preventing malicious parties from walking away with your data.

Backup Content

The first step in designing a good backup strategy is to decide what content needs to be backed up.

For example: You might want to keep complete drive clones of your personal computer, including installed programs and drivers, or, incrementally back up only your database’s data files to a swappable hot server in order to decrease recovery time.

If you are in the entertainment industry and have a master copy of footage you shoot, you might decide to back up this file alone to multiple vaults.

Inverted Software can help design a complete backup strategy.

Backup Frequency and Versioning

Defining an individual backup schedule is essential when planning a backup strategy.

You might want to back up staff machines on daily basis, but, keep a continuous incremental backup of your financial transactions.

In addition you might only want to keep the last ten backups of your drive, while maintaining an unlimited backup versions of other systems.

Where should I backup to?

There are many options when backing up your data.

A good backup strategy will define a balanced combination of local and remote destinations.

Portable backups

Local portable backups are fast, they entail a portable local hard drive, connected directly to your machine via a USB connection.

The benefits of a local drive are backup speed and portability while drawbacks include reliability and users lack of consistent execution.

A back up drive only backs up your data if you remembered to connect it to your laptop!

It is also very easy to steal.

You wouldn’t want someone else to walk away with your hard drive while you work on your presentation at Starbucks.

Local network Backups

A local network backup server is slower than a drive connected directly to your computer, but, is more reliable, dependable and is harder to steal.

The server itself can be backed up on a daily schedule as well.

Off course, you need to be connected to your network in order for your backups to take place, which might require a constant VPN connection.

Cloud Backups

According to Symantec’s 2013 Report “Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud”:

  • 47% of enterprises lost data in the cloud and had to restore their information from backups
  • 37% of SMBs have lost data in the cloud and had to restore their information from backups
  • 66% of those organizations saw recovery operations fail

According to The Aberdeen Group’s Report “SaaS Data Loss: The Problem You Didn’t Know You Had”

32% of companies surveyed lost data from the cloud.

Of these instances:

  • 47% were due to end-users deleting information
  • 17% were users overwriting data
  • 13% were because hackers deleted info

A good backup strategy should include cloud backup, however, as you can tell from the data cannot solely relay on the cloud.

In addition, backing up a large amount of data can be slow and your cost can change depending on your backup provider.

Switching cloud backup providers can also carry a cost as most of them have non compatible APIs.

Securing Portable backups

Companies like CipherTex combine the best of both worlds: speed, reliability and security.

With a Ciphertex secure drive you can back up your data at speeds that are comparable to a regular portable drive, however, since the drive contains hardware based encryption, the data is only visible to you.

For reliability you can use a CipherTex portable RAID system or even choose from a NAS server.

Conclusion

A good backup strategy can prevent data loss that can have a catastrophic effect on your business.

At Inverted Software we can help prevent such a disaster by carefully learning your systems and designing a strategy that best suits your business needs.

Contact us today and let us know how we can help.

Phone: 818.262.8552
Email: contact@invertedsoftware.com

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