Without access to your data, your business is at risk. Do you have backups? Are they reliable? How do you protect them? The 3-2-1 rule.
Business continuity is essential
Business continuity means that your company's critical systems remain operational despite incidents or disasters. Due to the increase in ransomware and the increasing dependence on a high-performance IT environment, this business continuity is more than ever under threat. According to a Gartner survey, one hour of downtime costs businesses more than $100.000. This situation can only get worse when important files are lost for lack of an appropriate back-up strategy.
What are your back-ups worth?
Very often, companies feel secure when they have a back-up. In practice, we find that files, programmes or systems are not always restored correctly. It is therefore essential to regularly test these backups.
How is this done? Firstly, by performing a restore. Check the logfiles and programmes after this restore. Now you know if you can depend on your back-ups in an emergency and if you need to change certain procedures.
Does this process seem long to you? Nevertheless, it makes all the difference when you really need it.
An effective data protection strategy
Great, you can now count on your back-ups! Now it's time to secure them. For this, I have an effective and often used strategy to recommend to you: the 3-2-1 rule.
- Have 3 (or more) copies of your data.
- Have 2 of these copies on different media.
- Keep one of these media in another place or in the Cloud.
And there you are, you're ready! This protection strategy, combined with regular testing of your back-ups and a disaster recovery plan will ensure the continuity of your business.