A system backup is a process of backing up all of the files and data of a computer system, as well as, its state. A backup ensures that the system can be restored via a system restore to the state in which it was last functional, along with all of its original data. Typically, a system backup is performed via a process known as a system image or snapshot which is then stored locally or to a remote storage server.
What Are the Business Benefits of a Backup and System Restore Plan?
Having a backup and system restore plan is all about mitigating risk. There is a risk that a data breach, power outage, or some other event can cause your company to suffer a system outage at any time.
In fact, between Jan 1st and March 31st this year alone, almost 1.4 billion records were exposed in 686 breaches reported at companies around the globe, according to a recent Infosecurity Magazine report.
The necessity for such a plan is also compounded by compliance concerns, especially those that are put into place by government regulatory agencies.
How System Backup and Restore Plans Improve Company Operations
Consider a typical system failure scenario: it typically involves a race to restore systems back to normal, while at the same time, trying to identify the source of the failure.
Do you have visibility into the capacity, performance, and metrics of your data backups so that you really can be certain that you’ll be able to successfully restore your systems? Is the process documented and are there people in place to perform the system restore with your data?
When you include a system backup and restore plan as a part of your overall IT strategy, you’ll be able to confidently answer these questions and more. These are some of the key issues that managed backup and restore services will address in creating a suitable plan for your company.
Why Should You Implement a Backup and Restore Plan Now?
Having a system backup and restore plan in place isn’t only about minimizing risk. It’s also about minimizing downtime for your business. Research conducted by the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance found that:
- Nearly 50 percent of small businesses have experienced at least one cyber-attack.
- Over 70 percent of attacks are targeted at small business.
- As high as 60 percent of small and medium-sized businesses fail within 6 months of a cyber-attack.
This research shows that the loss of data isn’t simply a temporary setback for many businesses. It could actually result in the loss of your business. Worse, the vast majority of companies do not regularly assess the threats posed by the loss of data due to cybersecurity issues or internal failures.
Therefore, it’s critical that you take action to secure your data now. The consequences are very real and small and medium-sized businesses are especially vulnerable.