Now that data is stored on hard drives as much as traditional filing cabinets, hardware failures can create profound losses for businesses and the individual employees. In some industries, companies have financial and legal obligations to retain and share data for a specified period of time. Think about your tax records and legal documents, are yours stored safely?
Many companies don’t realize that investors or shareholders might actually have a right to some of their company’s data. In these situations, adequate disaster planning for businesses is a legal compliance issue; not just an optional luxury to have.
These three points will help you get the most benefit from your stored information:
- Backup data regularly. Some software will allow you to schedule automatic backups. If you run a company with many employees, consider making a rule that each person backs up his or her own data once a week.
- Keep data backups in a physically separate space. Wherever you choose to store your data backup, make sure it’s not simply on a second computer or external hard drive in the same room. If there’s a fire in the building, your backup won’t do you any good.
- Consider more than just one copy. Hard drives go bad. Sometimes, even a second hard drive can go bad. The more copies you have, the more likely you are to avoid data loss.
Effective data backup and recovery practices will save you hours of stress, work and most importantly, your hard-earned money. Contact us today for more help on safeguarding your data from an unexpected event!