There’s no way to predict the future, and Murphy’s Law tells us that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. If you and your business or organization do not have a well-thought out recovery plan, your company’s data is teetering on the edge of a cliff without a safety net.
Having a comprehensive and well thought-out data backup and disaster recovery plan in place when there is data loss can help your organization or business survive malicious cyber attacks like ransomware.
In the last few years, we’ve seen plenty of organizations in the news for suffering huge damage from cyber attacks. And there does not seem to be any pointers that cyber incidents are going to reduce any time soon.
However, while cyber attacks as a cause of downtime have almost doubled as the cause of data loss, the rate at which it continues to cause downtime havoc will depend on improvements made to defensive and responsive measures like having a backup and disaster recovery plan.
What are backup and disaster recovery?
There’s an important distinction between backup and disaster recovery.
Backup is the process of making an extra copy (or multiple copies) of data. You back up data to protect it. You might need to restore backup data if you encounter an accidental deletion, database corruption, or problem with a software upgrade.
Disaster recovery, on the other hand, refers to the plan and processes for quickly reestablishing access to applications, data, and IT resources after an outage. That plan might involve switching over to a redundant set of servers and storage systems until your primary data center is functional again.
Some organizations mistake backup for disaster recovery. But as they may discover after a serious outage, simply having copies of data doesn’t mean you can keep your business running. To ensure business continuity, you need a robust, tested disaster recovery plan.
Here are some of the scenarios where Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) proves to be most helpful:
We all make mistakes, like accidentally clicking a malicious link, dropping our computers, misplacing a mobile device or deleting something we intended to save. According to DataBarracks, “Hardware failure and human error are always the top causes of data loss. The numbers vary each year, but they consistently hold the top spots.”
Backup plays an important role in ensuring these mistakes don’t turn into serious problems. When a device fails, or is lost and there is a backup of the information on those devices, downtime is drastically reduced by restoring lost information from a good, clean backup.
Recover From Hardware Failures
Different hard drives, servers, desktops and other devices have varying life expectancies and refresh cycles, but hardware often fails. Whether it’s due to normal wear and tear, defects, or the occasional “hard-to-explain” errors, businesses need to be prepared. BDR can help ensure that entire datasets are replicated and accessible should something suddenly stop working.
File Corruption & Software Failure Recovery
Software will also occasionally fail. Files and data can become corrupted and things may be deleted without warning. In some extreme cases, installed software may not be compatible with the hardware it is installed on and the fastest way to get back to productivity is to restore the system from a backup.
In addition to providing complete restores for entire machines, BDR allows for data recovery where maybe an older copy of a file or database is all that is needed to get back to work..
Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather
According to Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector, small businesses lose an average of $3,000 per day after closing due to a major storm. With the regularity of these events in certain locations and resulting power outages, small leaks and other less severe issues creating costly downtime, a backup and disaster recovery plan would be considered essential, if not critical..
Insider Threats Data Recapture
If a disgruntled employee were to intentionally encrypt, delete, steal or corrupt sensitive information, having that data backed up ensures that it can be recovered and restored. This isn’t to say that BDR can necessarily prevent such behavior, but it can help to mitigate the extensive corporate and reputational damage that could occur.
Recovery From Cyber Crime
Cyber attacks are the fastest growing crime in the U.S., and they are increasing in size, sophistication and cost. A major data breach — the second largest ever — suffered by Marriott and disclosed near the end of 2018, is estimated to have exposed 500 million user accounts. The Yahoo hack — the largest ever — was recalculated to have affected 3 billion user accounts (up from an earlier estimate of 1 billion), and the Equifax breach in 2017 — with 145.5 million customers affected — exceeded the largest publicly disclosed hacks ever reported up until that time. These major hacks alongside the WannaCry and NotPetya cyber attacks, which occurred in 2017 are not only larger scale and more complex than previous attacks, but they are a sign of the times.”
BDR can help you save money when attacked by cyber criminals. Work with a Managed IT Services (MSP) company to receive the BDR Support and data protection you need.
Don’t wait for disaster
For most organizations, backup and disaster recovery strategies are absolutely critical to maintain the health of the business. Tech Prognosis offers Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions that can help you evaluate and update your strategies, and how you can control the complexity and cost of such strategies. Additionally, our BinaryGuardian Cloud Storage service offers a scalable and secure destination for backing up your critical data.
Why wait? Be proactive and own your data by learning more about our BinaryGuardian Managed Backup Suite.
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