Regularly backing up your systems is cybersecurity 101. It is vital but still too many businesses fail to back up at least important information on a regular basis.
Keeping your data secure is all about its integrity, availability and confidentiality. A cyber security breach can maliciously corrupt and steal your data. Also, things happen. Servers crash, people make mistakes, lose laptops, and delete files either accidently or on purpose. All this can severely affect the way you do business. What happens if you get hit with a Ransomware attack? It will cost you a lot of money and heartache if you do not have backups to restore your software, information and configuration settings. You need to at least have copies of your important information.
It is just as critical to have the ability to restore everything from your backups. There is no point regularly backing up your data and when you restore a backup copy it is either incomplete, inaccessible or corrupted. This would be incredibly frustrating. So you also need a strategy to test your backups at least once. This will give you peace of mind you can get back to business in an emergency situation.
Regular backup strategies
If you are not backing up your business systems, information and software, you are asking for trouble. While it will not prevent an outsider hacking your system, you have the information you need to get your business up and running again quickly.
Essential Eight security strategies from the Australian Cyber Security Centre has specific strategies for making regular backups to protect your business.
Under the Essential Eight strategies, there are three levels of maturity. The following is a summary of regular backups:
- Maturity Level One. At Maturity Level One, perform monthly backups of configuration settings, important information and software. Store them for up to three months. Test your backups by partially restoring them at least annually.
- Maturity Level Two. Maturity Level Two builds on Level One with weekly backups of configurations settings, important information and software. Store backups offline or online but make sure they are not rewritable or erasable. Test your backups by fully restoring them at least once.
- Maturity Level Three. Level Three builds on the previous two levels with daily backups of configurations settings, important information and software. Store them for three months or more. Test them by fully restoring your backups at least once after initial implementation and when there are fundamental changes to your IT infrastructure.
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