Think of the consequences your organisation faces if you lost all of the data you hold. How long could you continue operating? Data loss may not always be the result of a cyber attack, but could be caused by theft, flood, fire, or general damage to the device. It is important to safeguard your most important data, and have it backed up regularly onto a safe location.
Here are some tips on how to back up data safely:
Backup Data Methods
External Hard Drives
If you are a Mac user, the Time Machine Backup is a helpful tool that allows you to set up automatic backups of Mac operating systems. Find out more information on Time Machine backup HERE.
For Windows users, Windows 10 allows you to backup and restore your data using File History. For more information click HERE.
It is important to have procedures in place to prevent your backup from being corrupted or accessed during a cyber attack.
Please visit the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for more information on how to protect backups stored in the public cloud.
Encrypted USB Devices
Type of Backups
A full backup is exactly as it sounds - it is a complete backup operation that makes copies of all of your data to another device or location. This should be done on a regular basis to ensure you have a comprehensive backup of your data stored separately from your device or network system.
An incremental backup is a process where only data that has been changed since the last back up is copied. This method uses modified time stamps on files and compares it to the time stamp of the last back up. However, if the data has not been changed, then an incremental backup will not back up these files.
Differential backup is similar to an incremental backup, but a slight difference is that it will only back up files that have been changed from the last full back up.
Backup Data Blogs
BYOD Advice Videos
What is BYOD and what are the risks?
Mitigating the risks of BYOD
Backup is a key part of an IT Disaster Recovery Plan, our friends at DATA2VAULT have put together a guide to getting the right backup provision for your organisation. Click the image below to download the PDF: