Data Backup to Combat 2020 Threats

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A robust data backup strategy is your last line of defense against crippling cyber attacks, natural disasters, and any other event that threatens to cause major system downtime. Downtime is one of the most expensive things a business can face, and a backup plan will go a long way to get your organization back up and running.

Why Data Backup Is Important for Your Business

Businesses are increasingly reliant on information systems to continue operating. For some businesses, some or most of their functions are powered by data and, for others, the entire business is essentially housed inside electronic systems. Very few still exist that do not fall into these two categories.

However, the answer is not, of course, to roll back the clock and move toward older ways of doing things. Businesses simply need to take greater precautions and build formidable security strategies for worst-case scenarios. A data and network backup plan that is easily and quickly retrievable is one of the best time and resource investments a business can make.

What Is Important to Back Up?

So you’ve decided to back up systems and data. Where to start? Your job is to understand, define, and manage which operating systems and business data are essential to back up so that your business can be up and running in the event of a disaster.

Even if your systems are only down for a short time, losses can be substantial. Of course, there is the data you use every day. Transactional data, client histories, employee information, and so on.

There are also operating systems, applications, and system configurations that must be backed up. Even if you were able to recover all of your data, without backing up your operations it will be either difficult or impossible to get a business running again, at least without a heavy investment.

It’s also important to remember to have your backups updated whenever a major change in your workflows or infrastructure is implemented. In other words, you don’t want to come back to where your business was last yearyou you want to come back to business as it was yesterday or even sooner.

Hardware, Software, and the Cloud

Data Backup to Local or USB Disks

Backup data and other information can be safely stored and quickly recovered on USB drives and other types of local storage. However, if you do choose this method of backup, you may consider using a second backup method as well. Fires, floods, and other natural disasters can easily wipe out your entire system and your backup if everything is physical.

NAS Data Backup Systems

Network attached storage (NAS), storage area network (SAN), or other networking options allow for easy backup in the event of a cyber attack. Everything from individual files to entire systems can be restored whenever necessary. These systems can be installed onsite or offsite, but it is important to remember that large area disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes could impact the reliability of these strategies. If the server that’s housing your backup is in a neighboring building, for example, there is little hope of it helping if the entire area is damaged.

Cloud Storage

There are public, private, and hybrid solutions available to store your backups safely in the cloud. The advantage here is that a business needs no additional hardware to maintain their backup. These systems generally entail a subscription fee. One drawback is that to restore your systems in the event of a disaster you’ll need an internet connection.

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How The Millennium Group Can Help

The Millennium Group offers comprehensive backup solutions for businesses in any industry. Our guiding principle is finding the right system for each of our clients. In other words, not every backup solution looks the same, and it’s our goal to find one that works for your needs.

From managing cloud vendors to setting up private networks dedicated to backing up your systems, we can handle it regardless of scope. Our solutions are tailored to your particular needs, meaning that the strategy we develop will be unique to your specific processes, risk profile, and overall operations.

Whether you have an existing backup solution that you would like us to verify as secure or are looking to start from scratch, we have you covered!