Why is BackUp & Disaster Recovery so important?
“Data” is the World’s most valuable asset.
What are you doing to protect yours?
Ransomware is increasing exponentially, year on year, as hackers realise they can use your greatest asset against you.
Having the ability to Backup your data is a necessity, not just due to nefarious actors potentially locking you out of your systems by deploying Ransomware, but also to protect you if your data is lost or corrupted due to human error, system failure or natural disaster.
A secure backup offers peace of mind and reduces the risk to your business; see it as an insurance policy for your data.
So what is BackUp?
BackUp is the ability to create a copy or duplicate of your data and store the data in a different location such as Cloud, external hard drive, disk, or removable storage facilities, which could be used to restore data due to loss, deletion, corruption or to recover from an earlier time.
But is Backup enough?
To protect business critical data you need an integrated approach of Cyber Protection, extending your backup capabilities with features such as next generation anti-malware, anti-virus and endpoint protection. Integration and automation provides increased productivity whilst reducing operating costs and complexity. Securing your workloads with next generation cyber protection minimises your risk and greatly reduces security incidents and breaches. This form of protection, immutable storage, ensures your data can never be changed by a Ransomware program, meaning it will always be available to you whatever the incident. Not all backup solutions provide this, which means you will never know where the malware is within your data nor can you use your data for fear of the malware launching.
Working alongside Backup is Disaster Recovery.
Disaster Recovery focuses on the protection and restoration of data, files and systems should the worst happen and is a key element to the 3 pillars of cyber security; Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.
The main purpose of Disaster Recovery is to bring operations to a normal operating state with minimal data loss, recovering individual files, applications, systems and access credentials, limiting business disruption. 70% of businesses are likely to suffer from business disruption in 2022 due to unrecoverable data loss. It takes an average of 200 minutes to resolve an IT incident with an average cost to businesses of £155 million annually.
When considering the value versus cost-benefit of a Disaster Recovery Plan you need to consider two things:
- Recovery Point Objective: This is the last date a backup was taken and how far back you want data made available. Here you need to consider the frequency of backups needed to run your business.
- Recovery Time Objective: This is how long your business can operate without access to data or systems.
These two baselines will help you decide on how much data you are storing, how long it will take to install new servers/endpoints, the time needed to transfer your backup data onto the new servers/endpoints and to system test.
Having a robust Disaster Recovery solution can save a company tens of thousands of pounds and can mean the difference between survival or business closure
What difference would it make to your business if disaster strikes?
What difference would it make if you could get up and running again as if nothing had happened?
If you want to reduce your risk of losing your valuable data, speak to Digital Pathways today. We can provide you with the information to make an informed choice and make sure your business is back up and running, quickly and efficiently if the worst should happen.
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