To continue in business sometimes becomes a matter of concern for the organizations. This is because of the number of threats that are rising daily. The organizations must come up with various data backup and recovery methods. Every organization must have a BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery) solution. Having a BCDR solution will help the organizations to deal with cyber-attacks on their sensitive data over a network. One of the most extensively used cyberattack tools is a ransomware attack. So, to prevent it, the companies should use best practices related to data backup and disaster recovery.
Organizations suffering from Downtime may have to suffer data losses which can go even beyond the recovery cost. Downtime can abruptly stop a business. It can lead to customer loss, as the customer will not want to continue the services further due to dissatisfaction. Downtime will affect the reputation of the organization. If the company fails to deliver reliable data protection to the users, it will undoubtedly have to pay penalties. All in all, the Downtime will have a negative impact on the revenue and productivity of the company.
So, to secure themselves from all the issues as mentioned above, it is recommended that the companies should follow some set of rules and regulations for securing the data, productivity and business revenue altogether. They will have to move on from the traditional backup methods to advanced methods for securing the data so that they can avoid uncertain disasters. The companies should be familiar with cybersecurity services and BCDR. Both of them are different, but when combined, they will provide useful results to the organizations.
Data Backup Practices
The data backup means taking a copy of the data and placing it on the server from where you can access it whenever required. It is similar to the process we follow on our devices to take a copy of any document. In the devices, you surely would have seen the data backup facility which is provided by the handset manufacturers.
Nowadays, instant messaging services have also started providing data backup facilities. These services take the backup of your data, be it images shared over the platform or the text, audio, video, contacts, or messages. You can access the backed-up data whenever required. If you have taken the backup of your data, you can quickly recover it, in case your device gets damaged, or the data on your device gets corrupted due to external malware interference. So, it is recommended that you should take the backup of your files and folders. This was the case for an individual.
In the case of organizations, there must be a proper plan about what all steps they should follow, in case there is an unexpected data loss. There must be data recovery and backup practices that companies should follow so that they can recover their data if in case any damage occurs. All the details regarding the product information, client information, company’s policies, and more should be protected.
Disaster Recovery Practices
Disaster Recovery is a set of strategies that are used by the companies so that they can quickly re-establish access to the data, apps, and resources. A procedure is followed by the company to deal with the uncertain loss of data or user’s access to a service.
Organizations already keep with them, a replicated version of their websites or apps. These replicated versions are called Disaster Recovery websites/apps. If in case there happens to be a tragic loss of connection between the client and the networks, the organizations can immediately switch on to their Disaster Recovery plan. The organizations, until the main data center starts working again, can continue using the other set of storage systems and servers.
Best Solutions for Data Backup & Disaster Recovery
The organizations should keep these factors in mind while opting for both the Data Backup & Disaster Recovery:
- The companies should look for the best deployment plan for backup and recovery. The companies can choose either a non-premise or a cloud-based approach. The approach depends upon the level, nature, and investment of the business. Along with that, there should be a proper checking of the access speed of the data.
- Several kinds of solutions should be used while taking backups, like Continuous replications, Tapes, and Snapshot based backups.
- An organization should practice DraaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service), which helps the clients to access the services with minimum disturbances. DraaS acts as insurance for the organizations who cannot form a secondary site due to investment problems. In the DraaS, your servers will transparently run in the cloud, and you can recover the databases, and apps without any losses.
The data backup and disaster recovery plans are very crucial for organizations in today’s world. Every individual/organization should practice effective measures to retrieve their data efficiently and in a fast and reliable way. Similar to the data backup, disaster recovery practices should be followed by the organizations to get back on the track as fast as they can so that they can avoid the loss of both customer and revenue. Both the practices are equally important, and both lead the industry to proceed in the business securely.
Marshall Lyne is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.