It is always strategic to create backup copies of your company data for security in case of a breach. Always consider creating a regular and reliable backup schedule for your company data including data stored in
the cloud. Backing up data protects your computer from both accidental and intentional data loss in the event that the company is required to wipe data from devices that have been affected by ransomware. In
addition to backing up your copies, ensure that your data is encrypted and backup critical data such as your company’s human resource files, databases, financial files, as well as accounts files. Your backup copies should be stored in separate servers from the main servers to protect them from being infected by the same viruses. This checklist provides a guide for backing up copies of your company data.
Step 1 – Selecting a Vendor
1 Select a backup vendor platform.
2 Ensure the backup solution offered is flexible enough.
3 Check that the vendor casters to your business’ unique needs.
4 Evaluate the vendor’s up-time.
5 Determine the vendor’s regulatory compliance.
6 Analyze the vendor’s disaster recovery plan.
Step 2 – Implementing your Backup
7 Create a data backup policy.
8 Create a regular and consistent backup schedule (preferably weekly).
9 Store your backup copies offline or in the cloud.
10 Automate your backup process. 11 Include backup systems in your security strategy.
12 Consider encrypting files on your hardware and cloud.
13 Check that your backup media devices are protected. Step 3 – Testing and Reviewing
14 Test your backups to ensure they are secure.
Checklist 3 – Creating Backup Copies Of Company Data
15 Test your backup frequency. 16 Review the entire backup strategy to identify vulnerabilities and
opportunities. 17 Consider bringing in professionals to audit your backup strategy. 18 Review and update your backup plan regularly. Step 4 – Assigning Access
19 Limit the access rights to data backups. 20 Limit physical access to your data backups. Step 5 – Creating a Backup Recovery Plan
21 Determine amount of data your business must recover to function. 22 Outline your data restoration techniques. 23 Check that your backup recovery plan aligns with the business’ disaster recovery plan (DR). 24
Check that workers understand the backup strategy.