3 Steps to Better Backup Planning

8/5/2020

GettyImages-627196844.jpgAs smaller firms seek to regain their footing, business leaders are again able to devote time to reviewing and improving data-backup procedures–a critical risk-management strategy carrying even greater significance in a post-COVID world. Take these simple steps to see where you are right now and how you improve.

1) Assess current risks. Has teleworking changed your risk profile? How long since your last security-awareness training? Are workers’ password hygiene practices sound? Or suspect? Any such weaknesses could beget data loss and, thus, justify more frequent or more extensive backups.

2) Update and enforce your policy. Backup planning, including who does it, when, and how often, should be well documented and clearly understood by your team. These days, proof that you have a plan may be required if you intend to obtain or update a cybersecurity insurance policy.

3) Test backup data. The location, condition and security of company data may become wildcards if you don’t keep a good handle on them. Seasoned IT pros do so by periodically conducting what’s called a “dummy restore” to verify that data is, indeed, managed as expected and able to be successfully brought back. Similar precautions should be taken with your Disaster Recovery plan (you have one, right?). Combined, they provide a powerful, one-two planning punch that can get systems up and running quickly following an unplanned outage. Call us today to learn more.