Cyber criminals target businesses of all sizes. Natural disasters target indiscriminately, too. There are so many risks out there, and your business-critical data could disappear in an instant.
Take charge of your backup and recovery plan to protect your business. Data security goes a long way, but even a strong backup plan has holes to patch.
Most business backup plans depend on cloud storage. This comes with a long list of benefits; however, there’s more to a backup recovery plan than just choosing your cloud storage provider.
1. Create redundant backups

One complete backup of your business-critical files will protect you, but not enough. A regional disaster, for example, could wipe out a digital infrastructure that affects your cloud storage. Create redundant backups in multiple locations to truly secure your data.

2. Encrypt everything

Backups will inherently include sensitive data like customer information, billing data, employee records and even business strategies. Protect your backups by encrypting every bit of data you store.

3. Keep your eye on changes to regulation

Your business has an obligation to follow any number of privacy laws from the GDPR to CAN-SPAM to HIPAA. Keep your eye on any changes to regulations to ensure your backup complies with the rules. Be sure to ask your cloud storage provider about what steps they take to comply, too.

4. Determine recovery time

The type of backup you use will determine how much recovery time your business needs to retrieve data in case of an emergency. Even a day without data can mean a day without revenue, so plan ahead and write it into your business continuity plan.

5. Establish standard file naming

This might sound like a little thing, but it’s actually something that will make a big difference in your backup—especially when wading through data recovery after a disaster takes place. Backups will also go faster with a standard naming system because you’ll be able to see what’s new and organize it accordingly.

Understanding the best backup plan for business data requires understanding the difference between backups and syncing, too. Keep reading to learn more.