Disaster recovery (DR) planning and backups are an integral part of any business’s IT strategy, becoming even more of a necessity as security breaches and network outages have become common threats.
Disaster recovery is a strategic security planning model that seeks to protect an organisation from the effect of a man-made or natural disasters, such as a cyber-attack or flood. A disaster recovery plan aims to maintain critical functions before, during and after a disaster meaning minimal disruption to business continuity.
Backups are the copying of data into a secondary form (i.e. cloud storage) which can be used to restore the original file in the event of a disaster.
Data loss can happen in many different ways and just because your organisation has been lucky enough so far to avoid a huge disaster, this doesn’t mean your luck will always hold. Instead, ensure full protection and implement a disaster recovery plan today.
Shocking statistics show that approximately 98% of businesses do not back up their data daily, and around 43% of businesses that do undergo a critical data loss disaster (and who don’t have a data recovery plan), never re-open. Considering an organisations existence is dependent on data, backup strategies need to be more than just an after-thought in the recovery planning process.
We find that most businesses actual IT backup services haven’t been reviewed for many years and staff are blindly changing tapes each day with the understanding that it’s all working just fine. This is often not the case.
We wish there was one silver bullet solution when it comes to disaster preparedness, but every company is different and each business needs a process in place that will work for them. However, as a rule of thumb its always best to stick to one or two backups onsite and an offsite backup just in-case something happens to the office or equipment.