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Data Loss Prevention

Posted by Melissa Cocks on Thu, Sep 10, 2009

Data Backup

It is not a good day at work for you when you realize you have lost an important document that you worked on for hours, or when you realize your hard drive has been completely wiped out. The importance of data backup may seem a bit repetitive at this point, but it does take more effort to replace the data once it is gone than it takes to back it up.
First off, you should have a backup schedule along with a disaster recovery plan. You should also think about how you’re going to implement it. Will you hire someone to do continuous backup for you? Maybe you’ll just use backup tapes. Backup tapes may seem like a perfectly fine idea to you, but you need to keep in mind that if a disaster strikes on site, no electronic device will save your data unless it is in a remote location.

Continuous backup is a process by which your data is constantly backed up by frequent ‘snapshots.’ Remote backup is a process by which your data is maintained off site without having to manually transport your data. Manual transportation has proven time and again to be an unsafe measure. You may want to consider continuous remote data backup for your company to ensure the best security of your information.

Other measures to take include keeping your computers in cool, dry, areas that are free of dust. Use a generator – if there’s ever a power outage, you want your computer to stay on so that data doesn’t disappear because you didn’t get the chance to save it. In addition, antivirus software is essential for keeping your computer’s system healthy and decreasing your risk of losing data.

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