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People are often amazed at the variety of data that needs protected. While not an exhaustive list, you will likely find that you need to protect these types of data –
So let’s begin with the ‘Why’ part of the question. Why do I need to worry about data protection? The simple answer is that you need to worry about protecting your data because your data is – in almost every situation – the most valuable component of your system. It represents thousands of man hours of work, and most of it is probably irreplaceable from paper records alone. Protecting your data is a form of insurance that is very inexpensive compared to the potential risk cost.
There are lots of potential causes of data loss. Some of the most common that we’ve seen are —
Good training doesn’t cost – it actually pays off big for your organization. Custom Internet Services has developed a class to help your business develop a plan to protect your data. This class can be presented in person or as a webinar. For more information on this class click here.
You want to be sure that your data is stored in top quality data centers that have met industry standard qualifications. Too often cheap backup providers use substandard environments.
If you’re in a regulated business that requires SOX or HIPPA compliance, be sure that your backup provider also meets these requirements. And even if you’re not in a regulated business, it’s still good to know your backup provider meets high levels of compliance.
Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis are all part of life on this planet. Look for a backup provider that stores your data in at least two geographically dispersed locations so there is less chance a natural disaster will destroy your information.
Look for your backup solution to encrypt data in at least three locations
Comparing apples to apples can be difficult. Yet you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount for backups.
Is the backup software easy for your users? Can it run automatically in a ‘hands off’ configuration?
You will likely have information across multiple computers and devices. Look for a system that allows backup on all these devices to be managed from a central control console.
All backup providers handle windows machines. Look for a system that also handles the other device types (IOS, Android, MAC, Linux file shares, etc) in your environment.
You probably have lots of things besides just files – sql databases, exchange mailboxes, photos. Maybe even virtual machines. Will your backup provider handle all these data types?
Lots of backup providers advertise that they keep versions, but what may be harder to find out is how many versions they keep. A provider that keeps 30 days of versions for a particular file may not be sufficient if you discover your computer was infected by malware 45 days ago. That means all the versions that are backed up may also be infected.
If you need to recover, how easily can you do it?
With all there is to consider, it can get overwhelming. We believe the LockYourData.com backup system that is offered by Custom Internet Services meets and exceeds all the requirements. Check out what it can do for you and contact us if you have any questions.