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Why Do I Need a Backup and Recovery Plan?

Why Do I Need a Backup and Recovery Plan?

Every organization needs to have an actionable data backup and recovery plan in place to ensure that critical data and applications are protected when disaster strikes. Underestimating the likelihood that adverse events will occur and impact operations, reputation, and revenue is a massive lurking threat to profitability and business continuity for organizations across the globe.

Businesses that evaluate the risks to their data continuity, identify their critical data and applications and implement best practices and systems designed to mitigate the threats and ultimately safeguard their operations, customers, and profitability. A way to do this is to be ready with a data backup and recovery plan.

Risks to Critical Data Continuity

Natural Disasters and Power Outages
Hurricanes, fires, and floods are on the rise

Security and Compliance
Malware, ransomware, and internal data handling

Human Error
Deletion of data, theft, or sabotage

Hardware Failure
End-of-life equipment, gaps in infrastructure, and redundancy

Software Failure
Failed or corrupted application patches or upgrades

Corrupt Data
Damaged or otherwise compromised files and infrastructure

Identifying Critical Data and Applications

Backups of data and systems should be done at least nightly and depending on the criticality of the system and the amount of data generated, often more frequently. Modern backup systems will provide flexibility to do full backups periodically in combination with incremental backups to optimize backup windows and recovery speeds.

In addition to backups, archive requirements vary from business to business based on internal policies and retention requirements, but which promote long-term data protection. Your organization should also consider applicable local and global consumer and industry data regulations and complianc