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We recommend the 3-2-1 Backup Rule

Why you need to follow this rule…

Backing up your private Information isn’t something you should neglect; you need to ensure that your critical data will endure any unpredictable circumstances.

Too many Businesses & people have suffered from data loss following system failure, file corruption, accidental deletion, or even by a natural calamity! Although most common of all in today’s world, will be loss through you becoming a victim to a random cyber-attack.

You may well take a replacement copy of your files and save them to an external disk or dump a copy in the Cloud, but is that a secure enough backup to protect your business from total loss?

 

Which rule Is the best to apply?

This is the 3-2-1 Backup rule; a thorough practice to cover almost all contingencies of data loss and requirement for recovery.

A straightforward structure for keeping all your private details & company data defended & recoverable should the worst ensue.

At all times, keep at least THREE duplicates of your latest data.

You cannot foresee data loss, or worse, a cyber-attack. Having at least three unique backup copies of your data helps to best mitigate the risk of loss. One copy being your original file data (on your server/s or cloud storage), with a further two duplicate copies being stowed in different locations as your backup sources.

Preserve TWO backup copies on unique devices or storage media.

Nothing lasts a lifetime, (asides plastic). We must all remember that storage devices will suffer a failure at some point, or if they are linked to your network at the point of a cyber-attack striking, may well become disease-ridden and suffer a loss too.

Consequently, to capitalise on peace of mind, you should always have multiple copies on exclusive devices, and they shouldn’t be the same product, with thin odds of corrupting at the same time.

Retain at least ONE backup copy off-site.

A simple, yet very momentous rule. If you follow the first two rules, you’re on the right track, but if you don’t have an offsite backup, you’re not completely protected.

You’ve undoubtably predicted why, if your external hard drives, disks or cloud storage are all linked to your system, whilst it corrupts, or gets attacked, it’s all infected & your numerous points of recovery are lost in one fell pounce.

However, if you’ve got a copy offsite, you will still have a recovery point to reinstate your critical systems and recover all your information should all else fail.

 

Why follow the 3-2-1 Backup rule?

Given the upsurge in Cyber-attacks, with Ransomware hitting businesses left, right and centre, I can’t see any reason you wouldn’t want to defend your vital data.

With people often misapprehending the likelihood of having a natural disaster, suffering from accidental deletion or corruption, or even the prey of a hacker. The risk factor has never been so high, with your business on the line, backup is essential to protect livelihoods.

When applying the 3-2-1 rule, don’t forget to use a full-bodied and trusted solution, which is where we come in.

 

Who is Iron Dome?

One of our core values is to help educate and empower businesses with the knowledge around cyber security and keeping their IT systems safe. A conversation may not lead to us working together, but if you are able to learn anything from a chat with our team then we have accomplished what we set out to do. Educate!