When it comes to backing up your data, you can’t be too careful. Ever had that sinking feeling you’ve lost an important file, or the report you’ve spent all day working on? Without backing up your files and folders, your business and your customers’ data can be lost forever, as well as making your recovery after a cyber attack a lot more tricky. So how can you make sure your data is copied and safely stored for the foreseeable future?

Why is backing up your data important?

In a post GDPR world, backing up your data is more than just common sense, it can be the difference between your organisation surviving a cyber attack or not. You’re probably aware by now that the repercussions of data loss can be enormous. No matter how established you are, or how stellar your organisation’s customer reputation is, if your data falls into the wrong hands it can be game over for your business. Backing up your data can help you avoid this. Making sure you have the information you need to get your infrastructure up and running after a data breach, a strong back up solution will ensure a copy of your data is in easy reach, so you don’t have to waste time on the unlikely chance that you’ll be able to retrieve your data.

If you’re interested in learning more about the types of digital threats your business is up against, take a look at our blog post on avoiding cyber attacks.

1. Prevention, not Cure: Encrypting your Files and Folders

Effectively hiding your information in plain sight, encryption is a crucial element of not only your back up process, but your wider data security plan too. Whether it’s your work phone or desktop computer you’re backing up, encryption adds another level of security to the process, ensuring that even if your back up solution comes under attack, your data cannot be accessed without a fight.

2. Cloud Storage: Scalable Security

Not only is the cloud an easily accessible solution to your infrastructure needs, it’s one of the most efficient methods of backing up your data. Your cloud systems and security is managed by your service provider, meaning the weight of regularly backing up your files is taken out of your hands. Additionally, backing up your data within the cloud can offer broader protection; your cloud solution covers your tablets, laptops and any other devices you work from, not just your centralised software.

Backing up your data: 5 steps to impenetrable infrastructure

3. Consistent Monitoring: Regular Back Ups

Backing up your data shouldn’t be a task you put to the back of your mind, it should be a regular element of your working week. We all know how time consuming data back ups can be; it’s a lot easier to ignore the pop ups when you’ve got a busy week and a long to do list. However, encouraging your team to being regularly backing up their files and folder can make all the difference in the case of a data breach hitting your systems.

4. Offsite Copies: Data in a Physical Format

Keeping hold of your most important files and folders in a localised, or offsite, format might seem a little old school, but it’s a sure fire way of making sure that even if your systems are completely unsalvageable after a cyber attack, you’ll still have the information you need to hand. Physically backing up your data in a secure location gives you the peace of mind that your data storage isn’t confined to a single place.

5. Layered Security: Implementing Disaster Recovery

A strong back up solution and disaster recovery program go hand in hand. While backing up your data stores a copy of your files within a separate location, a strong disaster recovery solution replicates your infrastructure on secure servers, meaning you can get back to business as usual as quickly as possible. Take a look at our blog pages to find out more about the benefits of a comprehensive disaster recovery solution alongside backing up your data.

How impenetrable is your infrastructure? Hosted within our military grade data centre, backing up your systems makes sure your business’s future growth is a constant priority. Take a look at our cloud solutions to find out more.

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