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Back up and Disaster Recovery

Posted on 16th April 2019

This week we're talking about another cyber security tip that you must have in your business. This week we are talking about backup and recovery. If you don’t have this in place in your business, you could be looking at the end of your business in a matter of minutes or even seconds. Whilst backup and disaster recovery are two completely separate requirements, they can both be solved by the same solutions.

Backups

Backups are there for if you need to restore data from a previous date. It’s what you need in the case of accidentally deleting files or if you catch a ransomware infection. With the backup in place, you will be able to restore all your data prior to infection or the lost files. However, there are bad ways of backing up your data which we explain in our video, so be sure that this isn’t the case for you. Plus, it’s all well and good having the back up in place but it doesn’t mean that you actually come to restoring the data, it doesn’t mean it will.

Disaster Recovery

There are two key questions you need to ask when talking about your disaster recovery solution and these are your RTO and your RPO. RTO stands for ‘Recovery Time Objective’ which is from when the disaster struck, how quickly do you need to restore? Every business is different, but you must be realistic. The more immediate the restoration is, the more expensive your solution becomes.

 RPO stands for ‘Recovery Point Objective’ and is at which point of time do you need to recover from to continue operating? For example, if you had a disaster today, would restoring from last night’s backup be good enough for you? It means that you may lose a days’ worth of data and productivity. Once again, the more immediate the restoration is, the more expensive your solution becomes.  

Want more information?

This is just a small section of what we covered in our video on backup and recovery. Watch the full video below. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. Give us a call on 01329 888625 or email me at pete.matheson@tekkersit.com. We are always happy to help.

 

 

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