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Backup strategy importance for small businesses

Backup is essential for businesses, but how do you go about a strategy for small businesses? Check out

Finding and assessing your requirements in a business can be tricky and difficult to identify. Of course you will only invest in what you think is a necessity, but do you have action plans and strategies to help recover a minor or major disaster? This is something that should be done to help a business avoid data disaster.

For Safer Internet Day, we are helping businesses across Manchester to understand why it’s important to have a backup strategy.

Firstly, you need to understand what the consequences are and the damages it can cause.

Data loss

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Financial loss

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Viruses

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Should you accidentally delete a file or loose it, without a backup the file could be gone forever and cannot be recovered unless you have a spare copy elsewhere.

Hacking and ransomware attacks can result in financial loss as you will need to pay the ransom. 

Viruses can encrypt your files making the software unable to read the file format. Unless you have a backup you cannot get that file back. 

The strategy

Now you know the top three consequences of what can happen if you do not backup your data. As a result, we want to give you the top tips on a backup strategy and how to implement this across the business. 

Keep more than one copy

Storing more than one copy allows you to have a better chance of recovering data and important files. However, do not store them in the same place; ensure you store it in the Cloud (e.g. OneDrive, offsite backup etc.) as it is more secure. 

Disaster recovery

Also known as Server Imaging means that anything you could potentially loose, there is a backup elsewhere in which everything can be restored almost instantly. This takes an image of your computer every 15 minutes which acts as a backup for your server. 

Backup to a reliable source

The Cloud is an extremely reliable source due to the security of it. Storing files offline could be damaging should you get hacked or have your files encrypted. Offsite backup is also reliable as it has no connections to your network which makes it much safer. 

Tell your employees

Most importantly, you need to inform your employees where to store important data and files so they know just in case something happens and you loose important data. A lot of offsite backup is done automatically which is something you can worry less about. 

Going forward...

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To sum up, if you haven’t yet got a strategy in place, now is the time to plan and put one in to place. With our expert advice, we can work with you to discuss your current backup plan (if you have one) and assist in strengthening your knowledge and physical backup solutions. 


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