This is the third in a series about the concept of Zero Trust, which means in the IT sense that you trust nothing and always verify everything surrounding and connected to your network. Today’s discussion will be on the backup of important data.
Backup is a way of creating multiple copies of your important data and the systems that house them. This has become a necessity thanks to acts of God (unforeseen physical disasters), acts of employees (accidental or purposeful destruction of data), and acts of malicious hackers (ransomware or malware). Here are some questions that you should be asking yourself:
What data or systems are being backed up?
How often are these backups being performed?
Are your backups protected from natural disasters (offsite and redundant)?
How long are backups being stored?
Once expired are they securely removed?
What is the process for recovering files, emails, workstations, servers, applications, databases?
Have you tested your recovery process lately?
Do you know how long it will take to recover?
How will business continue until systems are restored?
How will you merge new information into recovered data once restored?
How often do you test your recovery process?
Is the recovery test process automated?
Take time to think about these questions and decide where changes can be made to better protect your IT investments, or contact us to do the thinking for you.