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When Have You Checked Your Backups?

Zachary Kitchen
August 31, 2022
When Have You CHECKED Your Backups?

After data loss, 40-60% of small enterprises will not reopen. Most firms understand the importance of data backup. Without it, they risk losing crucial files in the case of a hard drive failure or a cyberattack. However, having a backup in place is insufficient; you must test that backup. The purpose of testing backups is to verify that you can recover critical data when needed.

Data backup is essential if the device is stolen or lost, the device is broken, data corruption happens as a result of a virus, malware attacks that result in data encryption, and so on. When you backup your data, you ensure it is always safe and accessible. It's certainly preferable to losing it permanently.

However, there may be circumstances when you cannot restore data from backups. It usually happens due to a backup failure, such as backed-up file corruption. However, similar losses can be avoided if backups are verified regularly. It would help if you attempted to restore data backups regularly to ensure their integrity.

How Often Should You Check Your Backups?

When the application changes significantly

When you change an application, you must immediately start a test restoration from backups. For example, suppose you install any patches to repair software flaws, update to a new version of the software, or even replace the complete operating system on your PC. In that case, you should test your backups as soon as possible.

When application data alters significantly

Aside from the application, if the data generated by the application changes significantly, you must also run a test restore. To be more explicit, whenever you import any external data into an application, you must evaluate the effectiveness of data backups by attempting to restore backups to validate data recovery.

When a new app is installed

You must also test the restore when you install a new program, such as a new virtual machine (VM) or a new server. This is because installing a new VM or server will dramatically alter the existing drive partitions. As a result, you should generate a backup immediately and test the backup to ensure it is valid.

Consistency

You must continue to check data backups regularly, such as weekly or monthly. You are arranging a restore test after each backup is best. However, there is no denying that it is inconvenient. As a result, a trade-off must be done. For example, you could run a restoration test once a month.

Reasons Why You Should Do A Backup

Quickly regaining control

If your region suffers a disaster, the first firm to reopen can and will grab clients from those who are still recovering. Confirm that your most important data is backed up to a different location, preferably in another state or region. Having a disaster recovery plan also helps - your information is useless if your physical firm cannot reopen. Still, you also need an IT disaster recovery, especially if you live in an area prone to weather or earthquakes. 

Easy recovery

People are not perfect. They make mistakes, and they make them frequently. Every day, emails containing viruses are opened by mistake, and crucial data are often erased by mistake. There's no need to be concerned about these vulnerabilities if you perform frequent incremental snapshots of your systems. You can restore to a point before the virus strikes. You can also retrieve the file from before it was erased. It's simple to protect against minor threats, with the added benefit of being prepared for major threats.

Working twice

"Do it right the first time" is the first rule of doing work. If you have a minor failure with no backups, you may be able to recover some data, but you never know what those "certain things" are. In almost every situation, you'll have a mountain of work to redo, reinstalling systems or recreating spreadsheets you or your workers have worked on for months. Worse, if you suffer a large data loss, you may have to redo everything you've ever done—a condition that few businesses survive.

Time conserving 

If you have lost data, you will have to struggle to recover it. You or your workers are not working on the heart of your business while working on data recovery. Some companies may have to redo everything. Everything - and few firms survive as a result. The recovery process is simple and painless with proper backups. Otherwise, you may have to wait several days or weeks for a professional data recovery service to recover your lost data.

Looking for a Reliable Backup System? 

Most data loss situations will not affect you if you check your backup daily or weekly. Depending on your system usage behavior, monthly backups may also be adequate. However, yearly backups may become obsolete when it comes time to recover the data, resulting in considerable data loss.

At Digital Crisis, We provide tailored, high-performance, secure cloud solutions for data backup and disaster recovery, ensuring that your company's data is safe until the moment you need it. 

Contact us today to learn more.

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