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Don't risk losing data - back it up!

Backing up all types of data is essential for the smooth running of a business. Backups are copies of data which are used in the unfortunate event of digital information being lost, which may be fundamental to an organisation.

There are many ways data can be lost, some of which include: accidentally deleting files, issues with computer hard drives, malware or viruses, and theft.

Have you got a backup plan?

Most businesses function off an abundance of data and so having a comprehensive backup plan should be at the top of their list, right? Wrong. According to research conducted by Gartner, 98% of businesses do not backup all of their data.

The research also found that although 35% of small and medium-sized businesses have backup plans in place, 70% weren’t fully confident in the statement 'Our backup and disaster recovery operations are well managed and planned.'

Further to this, 36% of companies do not back up their virtual servers as often as their physical servers.

The UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 states that organisations must take ‘appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure no accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to personal data’. Therefore, back-ups are an essential component in protecting data from being lost or destroyed.

In a world where ‘the cloud’ is increasingly relied upon to store larger amounts of data, as well as storage devices such as USBs and hard drives, many are failing to plan for emergencies. In the event of system failure or a virus, data has the potential to be lost and sometimes may be impossible to retrieve. Organisations should have an integral plan in place to ensure that loss of data doesn’t devastate the business financially or negatively impact on its reputation.

Schedule regular back-ups

Back-up your data regularly. Information, which is frequently updated, requires constant backing-up. An automatic back-up process makes it easy for organisations to safeguard their data from loss and will ensure that only data that has been changed or added is saved – this will also save valuable storage space.

Invest in off-site storage

Backing-up or storing your data in a secure off-site location will ensure you are covered in the event of physical damage or theft. Reputable service providers will feature state-of-the-art security systems and fire resilient construction, in addition to round the clock access to your data.

Test, test, test!

Testing your recovery plan is a vital feature in the backup process. Ensuring everything is in working order will also put your mind at ease.

Restore offers a fully covered data storage and back-up service, allowing you peace of mind that your data is fully protected and in safe hands. We also provide easy access to all files with a bespoke online system.

In the unfortunate event of a business continuity incident, Restore will deliver your stored data to an agreed location within as little as 2 hours, day or night.

For more information, visit our data storage services page.

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