We routinely discuss the importance of a comprehensive data backup strategy. With so many workforces incorporating remote work into their operations, making such preparations is extremely important. Let’s go over some of the key steps that you need to take to secure your business’ data from loss.
To establish a data backup strategy that works effectively, there are a few different steps you need to take. They include:
Naturally, you want as much of your data and operations to be restored as possible, as quickly as possible, but it is important to put definitive objectives in place. How much data do you need to restore to restart your business after your operations are down? How long can you sustain downtime before it becomes too much? Identifying these metrics are crucial to your successful recovery.
Obviously, having a backup in place is a great start, but you also need to know that your team can recover the data if necessary. Backups are obviously only useful when they can be restored from, and that can only happen if your team understands how to do so properly. Taking the time to train your team members to restore from backup is beneficial.
Once your goals are in place and your team is prepared to restore from backup, you need to make sure the process is documented. This will establish data recovery as a process that can be used should the need arise. You will also want to put in procedures for testing your backup, the recovery process, and any other part of your organization’s data redundancy.
Following these steps as you adopt your backup policies and procedures will only help to make them more effective. If you want to learn more about the best practices for data backup and recovery, give Washington Works a call today at 301-571-5040.
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