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Why Backing Up Your Data Can Save Your Business

Posted by m3networks

Ransomware is the number one threat to your data and is it not always a hacker trying to trick you into installing something or clicking a link. Many times it spreads and exploits security holes because it has not been properly updated or patched. Prevention is key, but if an attack occurs, the best chance to recovering your data is to maintain regular backups. If you can recover your data, then you don't have to pay the ransom. 

To keep hackers from stealing all your money and killing your business, you must have a backup and recovery plan in place to restore systems that ransomware has encrypted. To stay protected make sure to back up data from local and open networks, and make sure it has revision history so you can go back in time before the attack. Then make sure to test the backups. 

The purpose of backups is to create a copy of your data. The best protection against a ransom demand is to backup copies on a consistent and regular basis. The more time that passes between backup copies, the more potential for loss of data when recovering. The bottom line is to backup, backup often, and test. 

All backup and recovery plans need to be tested. CIOs, managed providers, and internal IT teams should be testing all phases of the recovery plan. Your business is only as strong as its weakest link. Make sure your backup and recovery plan is strong and ready for an attack. Ransomware is running rampant and hackers are not slowing down. Don't let the hackers win and take your money - back up your data. 

Backup Tips to Protect Against Ransomware:

  • Keep at least three copies
  • Backup regularly
  • Test backups 

 


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15 Ways to Protect Your Business From a Cyber Attack

Even if you aren’t ready to make a change right now, this pamphlet will give you important questions you should ask your current IT person to make sure that their policies, procedures and service standards won’t leave you vulnerable to expensive problems, lost data, viruses, hacker attacks and a host of other problems.