5 Tips for Better Business Backups

November 10, 2021 nicole

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Choosing the right backup method is an important decision for your business. Thereafter, protecting your backups is equally essential. Business-critical data and intellectual property require reliable and secure backups for your business continuity—no matter what happens.

Once you choose your backup method and get a plan put together, there will still be holes in the plan. This is unavoidable, because cybercriminals work around the clock to find new vulnerabilities in business systems to access data.

To strengthen your backup strategy, follow these 5 useful backup tips.

Keep it simple

Whatever you do, keep your backup plan simple. Design a checklist for which employee is responsible for which step and when, then keep those people accountable. Save even more time by finding the backup solution that requires the fewest manual steps and the fastest installation.

Keep it scalable

Your backup option has to be flexible (combining incremental and differential backups) so that your business-essential data has room to grow. Not only will your business grow, but the size of files and volume of data will grow with the fast-moving changes in technology.  

Pick the right backup destination

Your backup needs to be saved to the best destination to protect your business operations. Your options include external hard drives, cloud storage, offsite storage and network attached storage (NAS). Your managed services provider will be able to help you decide which, or which combination, will work best for you.

Update your disaster recovery plan

Your contingency plan must include all details of disaster recovery for each major possible disaster, from fire to weather events to cybercrime. In each case, that plan should include a step-by-step guide to retrieve business-critical data from your backup.

Ask for more (because you’ll need it)

Your backup should include more than just duplicating files. Disk imaging and bare-metal recovery are advanced features you should expect because they’re the features that will make a real difference for a business. Other advanced features include: compression, deduplication, system migrations, and centralized management tools.

To learn even more about these advanced backup features and how to optimize your backups, contact us.