Is your data safe?

Only if you have a plan to keep it that way.

While most people think of Disaster Recovery Plans related to fire or weather related events, there are more frequent and more ominous events that could cause you to make damn sure your data is backed up and ready to restore.

But, just having data backed up locally is not enough. Unfortunately, despite best efforts to prevent malware and ransomware from attacking your network, it is still possible to get infected. Ransomware, like Cryptolocker, can corrupt you data and render it useless. Most of these attacks typically come in through email attachments. Your options are to pay the ransom or restore from backup.

This is where offsite backup becomes so important. If all of your backups are local to your network, then chances are they are corrupt also. Offsite backups are not locally attached to the network so they are safe. 

In my 31 years of doing this, I have seen where restoring from a recent backup saved the day. Unfortunately, I have also seen where backups were poorly managed and a good backup was not available. It is tough to tell a business owner that their data is gone. The impact on their business can be devastating. There are instances where companies have been forced to go out of business simple because they could not recover their data.

Backup systems have to be managed. They are simply to important assume that they are backing up the right data and in a routine and consistent manner. They should be configured to send an alert if even the slightest thing goes wrong during the backup process.

A comprehensive backup and restore plan is a must in today’s environment. And, offsite backup should be part of the plan.