Having a backup isn one thing, being able to restore from a backup is a whole different thing.
Backups are essential to protect the security of your business.
While modern anti-virus software solutions are good and you have warned all of your people how to recognize Phishing Emails we know that none of these strategies are 100% successful. If they were we would not hear about data breaches and Ransomware attacks on a daily basis.
The 3 Essentials for Backups.
- Your backup MUST be monitored on at least a daily basis. Just plugging in a USB drive and hoping for the best is a dangerous way to go. When you desperately need it it’s gut wrenching to discover it stopped working 12 months ago.
- You must be able to restore from it. If you have an image backup of your server or a desktop that contains your business critical data, have you ever tried to do a restore to make sure it actually works?
- You must have at least 30 days retention. With Ransomware encrypting just a few files every day to contaminate your backups, or a user deleting a critical file you only use once a month, it is important to back at least 30 days to find the files you need.