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Data Backup And Recovery Planning

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Your backup and disaster recovery plan is the most important step in protecting your business.

Does the average SMB really need a managed backup and disaster recovery plan?

This depends on how much money you are willing to lose...

If you do business in an industry regulated by security and privacy legislation, or store transaction details electronically, you’re probably already aware of how critical secure and exhaustive backups are. But what about a business with a smaller IT footprint, like a small law firm? How essential is a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) plan to its operation?

We offer a variety of data backup solutions through our many trusting relationships with today's top data backup vendors. We will work with you to set up a BDR and develop a solid plan in the case of failure. This aspect is often overlooked by many SMB’s around the country. We offer these services throughout the United States and not just in the state of Nevada.

7 Below are Steps for successful DBR planning

The first and most important step of data backup plan is to make sure every file your business creates should have at least 3 copies stored on at least 2 different types of media, with at least 1 copy located somewhere other than your office.

This will help protect against a disaster at your office, only two of the three copies are at risk of being destroyed. Another failure scenario would be if your network and accountant’s computer crashed, your documents are still accessible from the removable drive. This sort of planning is very important to helping prevent data loss and downtime.

It’s common for people involved in emergency situations to not always think clearly, they struggle to communicate and remember basic information. That's why your BDR plan must include a document that provides clear instructions on how employees should respond to a disaster.

We recommend you store this document in the cloud and make sure all employees know how to access it on their mobile devices. This will come in handy if your firm was blindsided by a ransomware infection, employees could turn to your BDR handbook for whom to call and exactly what protocals to follow.

Don’t forget to factor in your long-term needs when designing your BDR plan. It would not be good if you spent a month and several thousands of dollars installing the best backup solution available only to outgrow it in a couple years.

Cloud backup solutions should be able to accommodate anything a small- or medium-sized business (SMB) would ever need, but you need to confirm that the technicians supporting your plan are committed to quick turnarounds and reliable service.

Cybersecurity must be a top priority in any BDR plan. If you are backing up data to the cloud, it should be protected by cutting-edge intrusion prevention tools, firewalls, and advanced encryption systems. We usually integrate our clients’ backup plans with proactive IT support so everything can be onitored together.

Ransomware infections can spread to your cloud backups if files are automatically synced to the cloud. So before you finalize your backup plan, make sure your provider offers 24/7/365 monitoring to stop the spread of malware infections.

On-site and cloud storage solutions are getting cheaper every day, but not to the point where it always makes sense to create second-to-second backups. You might be able to save some money by scaling back to daily or even weekly backups.

To do this, your BDR plan needs to contain a Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Measured in hours, your RPO will govern how recent your backups must be to avoid staggering losses. Could you survive losing all your data created in the past four hours? What about the past 48 hours? These business continuity needs should be clearly defined and regularly updated.

On-site and cloud storage solutions are getting cheaper every day, but not to the point where it always makes sense to create second-to-second backups. You might be able to save some money by scaling back to daily or even weekly backups.

To do this, your BDR plan needs to contain a Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Measured in hours, your RPO will govern how recent your backups must be to avoid staggering losses. Could you survive losing all your data created in the past four hours? What about the past 48 hours? These business continuity needs should be clearly defined and regularly updated.

On-site and cloud storage solutions are getting cheaper every day, but not to the point where it always makes sense to create second-to-second backups. You might be able to save some money by scaling back to daily or even weekly backups.

To do this, your BDR plan needs to contain a Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Measured in hours, your RPO will govern how recent your backups must be to avoid staggering losses. Could you survive losing all your data created in the past four hours? What about the past 48 hours? These business continuity needs should be clearly defined and regularly updated.