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What are good data backup practices?    

Data backup is crucial for any organization, regardless of size or industry. Data is often the basis of all business activity, and the loss of this data can have catastrophic consequences. This can lead to loss of time, money and productivity, as well as loss of trust from customers and business partners. Therefore, it is essential that organizations put in place safeguards for their data to ensure that they are protected against any risk of loss. By having an effective backup system in place, organizations can be confident that they can restore their data when needed, allowing them to continue operating efficiently even if something goes wrong.
Through this article we will see the 6 best practices for setting up an effective data backup!

1. Back up your data regularly

It’s important to back up your data regularly to avoid losing valuable information if something goes wrong.
For example, it is recommended that you configure your backup system to perform automatic backups of all important data on a regular basis.

2. Use multiple backup media

It is recommended that you use multiple backup media, such as external hard drives and cloud-based online backup services, to minimize the risk of data loss. By using multiple backup media, you can be sure that your data will be preserved even if one of your backup media is damaged or lost.

MS Solutions advice: Rely on the 3-2-1 rule of backup, according to which you are supposed to keep three copies of your data, backed up on two different media, one of which is offsite.

3. Check regularly that your backups are operational

It is important to regularly check that your backups are well done and that you can access the backed up data. This means regularly testing your backups by trying to restore data from them. If you’re having trouble restoring your backups, it means something is wrong and needs to be fixed before it’s too late.

Your organization can schedule test restores of its backups every month to ensure that they are usable.

4. Use strong passwords

It is recommended to use strong passwords to protect your backups from unauthorized access. Strong passwords should be long, complex, and hard to guess. You should also use different passwords for each account and change them regularly.

Each user can use randomly generated passwords that include letters, numbers, and symbols to protect their backups.

5. Keep your backups safe from physical damage

It is important to store your backups in a safe place that is protected from physical damage, such as water or dust. If your backups are stored in a place where they can be damaged, they might not be usable when you need them. Which brings us back to point 2: the importance of using multiple backup media! 

6. Store your backups in a separate location from your original data

It is recommended that you store your backups in a separate location from your original data, to avoid losing all your data if something goes wrong on the primary storage location. For example, if you store your data on an external hard drive and use that same hard drive to store your backups, you risk losing all your data if the hard drive fails. By storing your backups in a separate location, ideally through a cloud solution, you have a backup copy of your data that can be used if the worst happens.

In short

It is important to set up an effective backup system to protect your data against any risk of loss. To do this, here are some good practices to follow: enter your data regularly, use several backup media, regularly check that your backups are operational, use strong passwords, keep your backups safe from any physical damage and store your backups to a separate location from your original data. By following these tips, you can be sure that your data will be protected and that you can restore it when needed.

If you would like to learn more about our backup and recovery solutions, contact our experts to discuss your needs and concerns.

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