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Backups: Some tips you should not overlook

Ransomware attacks are becoming more and more frequent and most of them target unprotected databases. For this reason, and even more in these times of proliferation of teleworking and BYOD, network backups are extremely vital.

We have all suffered from a sensitive loss of information, either due to the presence of viruses and malware, power outages, voltage peaks, temperature overshoots and also due to human error.

The backup copies also called backups outsource such vital functions as storage capacity, speed of copying and data protection. In addition, the automation offered by these online solutions allows IT departments to streamline their work.

Putting a backup in place is not something that should be done lightly. Follow these tips because they will help you to be more prepared the next time you need to make a backup:

  1. Manage storage capacity: It is often thought that saving all data is a reasonable decision, but first make sure that you do not copy redundant data to avoid unnecessarily exhausting the available storage capacity. The idea is to store copies only of what has been modified.
  2. Plan a periodicity in the backup: Establishing certain regularity in making backup copies is extremely important. This way we will be able to better plan the time between one backup and another. Many backup software vendors offer this type of planning.
  3. Be patient: To understand how Backups work, it is necessary to keep in mind that not all files are backed up at the same speed. There are processes that logically take time due to the size of files, such is the case of large databases. Even if that file is in continuous modification while it is being copied, the time that this task takes must be fully respected.
  4. Use Compression Techniques: Using the available space rationally will help to reduce service costs. Therefore, it is convenient to use compression techniques to reduce data volume, using a smaller amount of space. In this way, both copying and storage processes are optimized.
  5. Encrypt data: The best way to deal with cybercrime in these backup systems is to encrypt the data before storing them. This powerful protection method implements conversion and encryption algorithms on the information, so that only those who possess the decryption key can read it.
  6. Use authentication Mechanisms: The authentication process allows blocking those accesses that are not authorized to access the system. This will prevent the Backup scheme from being used for purposes beyond the user’s control.

Surely your company has already created a local infrastructure to safeguard all your data. However, having a network backup will not only be one more option within your protection strategies, but you will gain much more because these systems are a vital alternative to ensure redundancy in case of extreme eventualities.

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