You might be backing up your data… but can you recover it?

Published October 20, 2020

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It might surprise you to learn that simply backing up data does not mean you’ll always be able to recover it. Below, we’ll break down a few questions about data backups and share information on how to ensure you’ll be able to recover data in case of an emergency.

Where are you backing up your data?
You might be backing up your data at your organization’s location, or you might be using a cloud. If you want to restore data quickly, an onsite backup like a hard drive will offer the quickest recovery.

Where is your onsite backup located?
Keeping an onsite backup does not always ensure a recovery will be possible. Consider this, what if you have a fire? Or a flood? Instead of only keeping an onsite backup, keep an additional hard drive backup in a secure offsite location. This “backup backup” will save you in the event your location is impacted.

How often are you backing up?
How often you back up is dependent on your type of organization. For many, we may recommend backing up daily, weekly, or monthly, and keeping past backups available so you can reference them when needed. You might consider keeping backups from previous quarters and from previous years. When you realize you need a backup from a previous year, you’ll be glad you spent the time organizing your historical backups.

Is your backup saved on your domain?
If your backup is saved on your domain, and if your domain is compromised by a ransomware attack, that backup can become unusable. Ensure your backups are always kept off your domain, and safe from cyber attacks.

Have you considered the cloud?
Cloud data backups can be incredibly cost effective and save you from physical concerns like fire or water damage. It’s important to note that cloud backups can be slow to backup and restore, so a cloud backup is a bit of a time commitment.

We’re here to help.
Our MCMTS cybersecurity team can help you evaluate your current backup system and make recommendations on how to improve. To learn more, reach out to your MCMTS relationship contact, or click here to email a member of the MCMTS cybersecurity team.

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