With the number of businesses storing an increasing amount of digital data growing by the day, it is more important than ever to put in place an effective data recovery policy to prevent the loss of vital customer data and company information. When so much is at stake, there is no room for mistakes or second chances. Data storage and back-up must be absolutely fool proof, as inefficiency could cause monumental damage to your company, potentially putting its future in jeopardy.
Robust data protection is necessary however big or small the company, and maximum thought and effort should be put into implementing the best kind for your company, be it a one-man business or gigantic corporation.
In this technologically advanced climate, everyone is vulnerable, and as hackers and cyber terrorists become savvier than ever, you can’t be too careful. According to a 2011 Data Breach Investigation Report carried out by Verizon Business, Malware is responsible for almost 70% of total data loss. All it takes is a single attack or virus for your data to be wiped out.
It’s not just hackers or Malware you need to be wary of. All kinds of disasters affecting your internal data back-up can take place, and at any time. Unexpected technology failures could result in your data being lost, or even a flood, fire or robbery. Every possibility needs to be accounted for.
Keeping data backed up offsite, be it by you or professional specialists, is the key. It’s simply no longer enough to only back up internally. If you go down the DIY route, make sure that you know exactly what you are doing and double check when you’re done. Remember, only you and other senior staff should know of the whereabouts of the back-up.
Don’t go for any old storage system. Think about what is right for your business and what would suit your needs. There are many different ways to store and archive your data, from offline resources such as tape drives or DVDs to externally managed online back-up. If your data is particularly significant or valuable, it may even be worth looking into getting it doubly backed up, both on and offline, for extra security and peace of mind.
There are many companies that offer various kinds of data back-up options at a relatively low-cost, especially when compared with how expensive, time-consuming and detrimental data loss or improper, inconsistent storage back-up can be for any business. These companies can provide highly secured online cloud-storage and offsite vaulting amongst other things.
Another option is to put data onto a tape drive. Tape drives read and write data on a magnetic tape, and are generally used for offline data storage and archiving. IBM and HP are two reliable manufacturers of high-capacity, dependable tape storage systems.
Storing data on DVD discs is also a popular back-up option, particularly as it is the most cost-effective and simple method. However, be aware that while cheap and easy to transport, DVD discs are typically less dependable. They are very susceptible to damage and are often fairly low capacity compared to the alternatives.
Whatever happens, do your research and don’t go with something you are not sure about. If it has bad reviews or a shaky reputation, it probably isn’t going to be good enough to meet the necessary requirements for an effective data recovery policy. Get it right first time round. You may not have another chance.
About the Author:
Nathan Morgan has been an IT professional for 14 years. His work is currently focused on Linux servers. He has encryption experience including the deployment of True Crypt and similar packages, and detailed knowledge of document scanning solutions to transform off-line archives into accessible digital data.