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What Do I Look For In A Backup Provider?

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Certified Data Centers That Are Dispersed Geographically

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 HIPAA 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.

Data Is Encrypted & System Is Easy To Use, While Competitive In Cost

Look for your backup solution to encrypt data in at least three locations

    • Any temporary files created by the backup software on your computer or device;
    • While in transit over the internet between your computer and the backup location;
    • While stored at the provider’s data center.


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?

"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."

Backups Managed From A Central Location

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.

Handles Multiple Devices And Types of Data

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?

Keep Multiple Versions And Easily Recovers Data

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?

Practical Cybersecurity Webinar Series

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  • Preparing for Ransomware
  • What’s a Firewall? Why Does It Matter?
  • Why Do We Need MFA?
  • What Does Cyber Insurance Expect of Me?
  • What Happens If My Laptop or Phone Is Stolen?
  • Backup Planning

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