Your Backup is Only as Good as your Recovery

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We know that disruption of our organisation’s data is a near certainty. These disruptions can be caused by employee errors, natural disasters or cyberattacks, but there is no escaping the fact that our data is always at risk.

In fact, research from Kapersky Lab has revealed that 86% of CISOs now believe data breaches are inevitable. Digital transformation has widened the potential surface of attack for cybercriminals, providing more opportunities for them to find weaknesses. Cloud platforms and storage, mobile devices, and new digital channels all provide openings for bad actors to creep into systems and cause data breaches. We’ve never been so vulnerable.

At the same time, we know that any disruption to data flows could cause serious damage to our organisation’s reputation or bottom line profitability. That’s why investments in data backup and recovery solutions continue to grow.

But not every backup and recovery option is created equally. The biggest mistake we see organisations making is in assuming that because their backup solution appears to operate effectively, by default, so should their recovery options. However, they often find out too late that this isn’t the case.

The wrong road to recovery

To illustrate the problem, a survey of 300 IT professionals by Barkly found that 81% of respondents were confident they would be able to recover their data just by relying on backup copies. Unfortunately, after experiencing a ransomware attack, only 42% reported being able to fully recover their data from backup.

So, how does this happen? Surely if you’re paying good money for a backup and recovery solution, it should do just that? The truth is, to judge the effectiveness of your recovery depends on a variety of factors:

  • • How did the disruption occur?
  • • Do you backup data from every endpoint?
  • • How often were backups being performed?
  • • Did you perform tests to ensure recovery was possible in any scenario?

To give yourself the best possible chance of getting 100% data restoration from your backup and recovery solution, it should be able to perform more than one of the following:

  • • Real time replication of data at it is collected and stored
  • • Regular and intermittent snapshots of data throughout each day
  • • Daily large scale backups of data
  • • Having three copies of data - two in different locations on-site, and one off-site

Of course, it goes without saying that your backup and recovery should no longer be reliant on hard disks and tapes. While these legacy solutions were once a vital means to an end, there are far more efficient and effective methods for backup and recovery. Having your data backed up in multiple locations, means your organisation’s fate doesn’t hinge on the safety of removable media.

Also, your recovery process should never be reliant on the expertise and access of only one employee or contractor. Although it may seem obvious, we see many organisations flounder while the only person who can possibly recover their data is away on leave, or has even left the organisation. While your backup solution should be secure, it shouldn’t be impenetrable when you need access the most.

To ensure your data is restorable in any scenario, Softsource has developed a market-leading solution that offers peace of mind while reducing the complexity from your backup and recovery process. Softsource Backup as a Service (BaaS) leverages leading edge technology including HPE Storage to deliver a comprehensive backup and recovery solution for a subscription-based monthly fee.

Contact us today to find out how you can safeguard your data for when you need it most, while also lowering your data management costs and complexity.