Finding Your Backup Type
So what is a data backup? A data backup is simply a copy of your business’s computer data taken and stored elsewhere, whether on-site, physically in external hard drives, offsite, in a data center, or in the cloud, so that it may be used to restore the original and get you back to business quickly after a data loss incident.
When it comes to data backup solutions, you can choose from two options – a full backup or an incremental backup. Depending on your unique business needs, you may choose to backup all your data if you have a lot of important data or have compliance requirements for data storage. Or you may choose to utilize an incremental backup, this backs up only the files that have been updated or created since the last incremental backup. A full backup will require more storage than a partial or incremental backup. An incremental backup is faster than a full backup and requires less storage space. However, in the event of an incident, you will need to have all incremental backups available for use. If there is a specific file you need to find, you may have some trouble and find yourself searching through several months of incremental backups.
In the year 2015, there were over 2,000 confirmed breaches internationally with known data loss. The idea of a backup plan may seem costly or overwhelming, however, the average cost of a ransomware attack on a business is $133,000. Can your business afford to recover from an over 100k loss? How long do you think a complete recovery takes? According to IBM, it takes about 197 days for a business to identify a breach and 69 days to contain that breach. It is far easier — and more efficient — to spend time backing up data, rather than to risk any loss. Data backup and disaster recovery are critical for all businesses. Without routinely backing up your data, you leave yourself at risk of a devastating cyberattack with no path to recovery. Read on to learn the Data Backup Best Practices.