Your data is one of your most important business assets.
As a business owner, you know that data loss can be devastating to your business, and that having data backup systems in place is important.
We want to help you understand why one data backup is not enough for businesses and what we recommend having in place to ensure full protection.
WHY YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE BACKUP
Several things can happen to your hardware or software to cause data loss in your business, but as long as you have proper backup solutions in place, quick recovery from data loss is possible.
On-Site Backup Risks:
- Data can be lost or destroyed in the event of a fire, flood, or other disaster
- Data can be encrypted or destroyed in the event of a ransomware attack
- Hardware or software can fail, causing data loss
Off-Site Backup Risks:
- Data could be inaccessible when you need it most
- Your system could get hacked and your data stolen
- Hardware or software could become corrupt or lost in transit
Other concerns to be aware of are backup configuration and testing. Without proper configuration, your data backup solution could fail when you need it most. Without sufficient maintenance, data corruption could render the backup useless
Additionally, your backup processes should be monitored on a regular basis to ensure they are running properly. There’s nothing worse than needing your backup data files, only to find out that the backup process hasn’t been running for some reason or another.
The bottom line is that relying on just one data backup solution is risky. Having multiple data backup solutions in place is recommended to protect your business.
DATA BACKUP RECOMMENDATIONS
We recommend having at least three versions of your data available for your business. The first version is the live, original data that you and your employees’ access and update in your daily business operations.
The second copy of your data would be your first backup. Usually, this is set up as an on-site backup to offer convenient access to backup files. Often, this is setup using a separate server or external hard drive.
Finally, the third copy of your data would be your second backup, and normally would be off-site or cloud backup. This protects you in the event of damage or loss to your primary backup’s physical location. Hopefully you’ll never need to access this backup, but it’s recommended to have it in place in the event of an unforeseen circumstance.
Whatever backup solutions you implement, it’s important to ensure they are properly configured and tested regularly. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your business data is protected in the event of an unexpected event.
NOT SURE WHERE TO START? WE CAN HELP!
At Cornerstone Technologies, we offer a variety of backups for business continuity and disaster recovery to help protect your business data and network systems.
When you work with us, you can be confident knowing we’ve got your data and other system needs covered. Contact us today!