|4 common data backup mistakes|
Data is one of the most important aspects of your company. From data on customers to important emails, or even databases with billing, the data in your company is vital. Therefore, it is recommended that you take steps to back it up. In truth, many companies are starting to do this, but they may be missing out on some crucial ways they can protect their data.
If you are looking to protect your data, one of the best ways to do so is to be informed, and learn from the mistakes other companies make when they develop data protection or Business Continuity Plans.
1. Not backing up data
Many experts suggest that businesses not only back up their data, but take more of an all-or-nothing approach. All data should be backed up so that should a disaster happen you can guarantee that nothing will be lost.
2. Failing to protect off site data
What’s more, some industries have regulations stating that you must back up data from all end-points (e.g., computers and devices) regardless of their location. So, when you are backing up data, be sure that you also back up data on systems that aren’t in the office.
3. Not backing up data consistently
The question is, how often should you back up your data? For most small businesses, a full backup at least once a week is suggested. If you work with client data on a regular basis or in a regulated industry, daily backups would likely be the best plan.
4. Using outdated backup methods
That being said, you don’t have to give up older methods as these can come in handy, especially if you are going to be operating without the Internet for an extended period of time. By employing more than one solution, you can cover all bases while ensuring that data is largely backed up and available.
If you are looking to learn more about how you can protect your data, please contact us today to see how our systems and solutions can help.
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