Losing your business’s data can mean losing your competitive edge. Unfortunately, sudden data loss can happen at nearly anytime. As Forbes documented, even huge mega corporations like Amazon have lost serious amounts of data due to thunder storms. If you want to save your data, you must take precautions. Below are five strategies.
1. Replicate Your Data Yourself
Producing backups of important data does not necessarily mean you have to involve an outside firm. You can certainly do it yourself. However, to successfully disaster proof your data, you need to be more strategic about it. Storing data and backups of said data at the same physical location won’t help you if a tornado, flood or earthquake destroys the building. Choosing an offsite location for the backups in another part of the country is a wiser choice.
2. Store Data in the Cloud
Another option of course is to choose an outside firm for your backup and disaster recovery services. Hosts that offer cloud storage are one of the most popular options. According to CNN, Amazon’s cloud storage service business is valued at over $160 billion. The advantage here is obvious. The vendor holds the data for you in its own server networks so that accidents and disasters at your own facilities won’t affect that data at all.
3. Utilize Automatic Backups
Your backup process should also be completely automated. For many businesses, daily backups may be sufficient. However, for companies that do high volume business online, multiple automated backups a day may be the safer option. You should also be aware that not all automated backup options are equal. For example, if your data is mirrored through the use of RAID, a hacker could still easily use a command to delete all the data. A service that creates “snapshot” backups may be more secure.
4. Use Encryption
To protect data that is stored in a backup, encryption is key. The data should be encrypted both as it is transferred and while it is stored. Only the correct personnel should be supplied with the encryption keys that can be used to access the unencrypted data. This can insure that criminals, hackers, corporate spies and others won’t be able to access the information stored within. This is especially important if you choose cloud hosting as your backup solution.
5. Backup Applications
While backing up your data is vitally important, it shouldn’t be the only thing you worry about. After a disaster or other significant event that affects your systems, you also need to have the ability to access applications. Without the applications to utilize that data, your business could still experience serious downtime that can greatly interrupt your revenue streams. Make sure your applications and software are also protected.