Wouldn’t a time machine be cool?

Wouldn’t a time machine be cool?

Got a corrupt file or wish you could revert-back changes your colleague made?

Most backup services are OK… they’ll (hopefully) have a single, up-to-date copy of your files and folders from the last working day. So, in theory, should you suffer a data loss, you’ll be able to recover the most recent copy of your data to get back on your feet.

If you’ve only lost a single file here & there, having a backup service with Granular Recovery might come in handy; however, recovering back to a file at a specific point in history would be even more useful, and here’s where most backup services don’t have your back.

Sounds a bit mad at first, but, what if last night’s copy is ‘too recent’? We’ve all been there… a file gets worked, re-worked and re-worked again… but you want to revert to version 2 and it’s now on version 6. Restoring last night’s version might get you back to version 5, but that’s not far back enough.

So, what can you do?

 

Rollback recovery for specific points in time

Running with a backup service that includes a feature called, Incremental Backup, covers this exact need. Define a custom schedule of points in time where you want to snapshot your file backup – as frequent or infrequent as you need.

If you set incremental recovery points for each day at 5pm; at any point in time in the future you’ll be able to restore all, some or one of your files from that specific date.

 

Sound like a lot of data? It is.

To enable recovery from an array of points in history, you’ll need your backup service to store a duplicate copy of all (or some) of your files & folders – for every recovery point.

Meaning the downside to the flexibility of incremental recovery is the sheer volume of backup storage space required to keep all those multiple copies of your files.

 

How can that space be managed?

To get the most from your backup storage space, incremental restoration points can be consolidated.

For example, you can opt to retain a weekly restoration point on each Friday within a month – as your space depletes, those points will be cleared keeping only the last Friday within that month.

To keep a recovery point from the last Friday of each month going back in time, you’ll still need a fair volume of storage. But when storage runs low, you can clear down those recovery points at any time.

All a balance of the usefulness & saving in time and money being able to recover incrementally vs. the cost of the backup storage space.

 

Want to get the best solution for your business?

At iTeam, we take a security first approach to technology – ensuring our client’s systems are best protected.

If you have any concerns, questions or simply want to explore how to better secure your business, please do get in touch with the team for a FREE demonstration, consultation to explore how exposed your business might actually be and identify actions to take.

To book a consultation or to arrange a further discussion, please get in touch via our form below, call 03330 507 690 or email Chris on cwatson@iteam.co.uk.

GDPR, it’s a legal requirement to have a professional-grade backup.

GDPR, it’s a legal requirement to have a professional-grade backup.

You probably didn’t know this…

Backup and disaster recovery solutions are essential under the GDPR.

With any Business liable or responsible for the possession of important data, they must have the ability to recover any lost personal information that they hold in a timely manner.

In order to remain compliant, you must have the necessary backup and disaster recovery strategies in place and actively take the time to regularly test the integrity and the effectiveness of the solution.

This is only the start, as you’ll find out there are lot more implications to it, you’re going to need to comply with all of them.

 

How do we abide by the GDPR ruling & not get fined?

By following each separate implication and making sure your Business is in line!

With GDPR fines thrown at British Airways, you shouldn’t be expecting a slap on the wrists, we recommend you get your Business in order and follow all the rules.

Covering the first of many critical points involved; Having a backup recovery point is essential, regardless if you want one or not.

Whether you’re outsourcing or have other methods, you need a secure recovery point in which you can restore important data from, quickly.

You’re also going to need a process in place, for regular testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of the measures involved for ensuring the security.

Do you feel 100% confident that you could tackle incoming or concealed cyber-attacks? If not, then you should be looking for ways to strengthen your protection as you now must report any breaches within 72 hours of them occurring.

An effective way to ensure yourselves of Cyber protection, is to become Cyber Security Essentials accredited.

Data compliance is for every member of the team, whether you’re involved within IT or the legal side of the Business or not, everyone needs to be GDPR aware.

Finally, for now, Regular Data backups are vital, as well as regular Backup testing, you need to check frequently and backup your data often in order to comply, don’t get caught out at the final stage.

 

What options are available to us as a Business?

At this given time, there are many varieties of services and options available to you.

Whether you wish to Backup manually yourself, (Given the extensive implications this would be un-recommended), making sure you’re secure with multiple copies in multiple locations, ideally following our 3-2-1 Backup rule.

Or follow a secure route through an outsourced Backup provider, like us. In which we will provide a secure data Backup solution. A dedicated cloud backup, our online backup service is a secure and automated way of ensuring that your critical data is protected offsite.

Whether you’re in a vulnerable position, or just unsure of what position you are, you need to get ahead & up to date with GDPR and Data compliance, contact us for all knowledge regarding backups and obeying security.

 

Want to get the best solution for your business?

At iTeam, we take a security first approach to technology – ensuring our client’s systems are best protected.

If you have any concerns, questions or simply want to explore how to better secure your business, please do get in touch with the team for a FREE demonstration, consultation to explore how exposed your business might actually be and identify actions to take.

To book a consultation or to arrange a further discussion, please get in touch via our form below, call 03330 507 690 or email Chris on cwatson@iteam.co.uk.

We highly recommend you follow the 3-2-1 rule.

We highly recommend you follow the 3-2-1 rule.

The issues with not following a set of rules…

Backing up your all-important Data isn’t something you should disregard; you need to ensure that your critical information will survive any unpredictable circumstance.

Too many Businesses & individuals have suffered from data loss following system failure, file corruption, accidental deletion, or even by natural disaster! Although most common of all in today’s world, will be loss through you becoming a victim to a random cyber-attack.

You may well take a copy of your files and save them to an external disk or dump a copy in the Cloud, but is that a rigorous enough backup to protect your business from total loss?

 

Which rule is best to apply?

Welcome the 3-2-1 Backup rule; a rigorous practice to cover nearly all eventualities of data loss and requirement for recovery.

An easy-to-remember structure for keeping all your private details and company data defended & recoverable should the worst happen.

At all times, keep at least THREE copies of your up-to-date data.

You can’t predict data loss, or worse, a cyber-attack. Having at least three independent backup copies of your data helps to best mitigate the risk of loss. One copy being your original file data (on your server/s or cloud storage), with a further two duplicate copies being stored in alternative locations as your backup sources.

Store TWO backup copies on unique devices or storage media.

Nothing lasts a lifetime, (asides plastic). We must all remember that storage devices will suffer a failure at some point in their life, or if they are connected to your network at the point of a cyber-attack striking, may well become infected and suffer loss too.

Therefore, to maximise peace of mind, you should always have multiple copies on unique devices, and they shouldn’t be the same product, with slim odds of corrupting at the same time.

Keep at least ONE backup copy offsite.

A simple, yet very important rule. If you follow the first two rules, you’re on the right track, but if you don’t have an offsite backup, you’re not entirely defended.

You’ve undoubtedly guessed why, if your external hard drives, disks or cloud storage are all connected to your system, whilst it corrupts, or gets attacked, it’s all infected & your multiple points of recovery are lost in one fell swoop.

Whereas if you’ve got a copy offsite, you will still have a recovery point to restore your critical systems and retrieve all your information should all else fail.

 

Why follow the 3-2-1 rule?

Given the rise in Cyber-attacks, with Ransomware hitting businesses left, right and centre, I can’t see any reason you wouldn’t want to protect your critical data.

With people often underestimating the likelihood of having a natural disaster, suffering from accidental deletion or corruption, or even the victim of a hacker. The stakes have never been so high, with your business on the line, backup is fundamental to protect livelihoods.

When applying the 3-2-1 rule, don’t forget to use a robust trusted solution, which is where we come in.

 

Want to get the best solution for your business?

At iTeam, we take a security first approach to technology – ensuring our client’s systems are best protected.

If you have any concerns, questions or simply want to explore how to better secure your business, please do get in touch with the team for a FREE demonstration, consultation to explore how exposed your business might actually be and identify actions to take.

To book a consultation or to arrange a further discussion, please get in touch via our form below, call 03330 507 690 or email Chris on cwatson@iteam.co.uk.