Knowing what not to do when creating and implementing your data recovery plan is just as important as knowing how to put together and maintain a correct and reliable procedure. Here is what to avoid when working with data recovery:
What to Avoid in Data Recovery
1. Don’t Underestimate Your Infrastructure
Many organizations have files, databases, and application data in both physical and virtual servers. Therefore, a data recovery procedure that involves a backup every few days is not sufficient, as IT infrastructure is complex. A fundamental understanding of your IT inventory is necessary to ensure each differing level of infrastructure has adequate backup procedures and recovery objectives.
2. Don’t Choose Backup over Recovery
Data recovery is as important, or even more important than your backup as it does not matter how many copies you have if you can not restore the data. Therefore, as much value and effort should be placed in data recovery as in the companies backup procedures.
Additionally, a good backup plan is integral to protecting a company against security threats but companies can only fully survive a ransomware attack when they are able to successfully recover their data from their backups. Therefore, your data recovery should never be undervalued.
3. Don’t Skip Out on Testing
As stated above, a data recovery and backup strategy is only as useful as your ability to restore that data. Therefore, it is important to ensure your strategy works by testing your backups on a regular basis. Your organisation needs to commit to a plan that allows you to evaluate your level of preparedness under different simulated disaster scenarios.
4. Don’t Fall Behind the Times
Avoid using technology that is seen as outdated, unreliable and slow. Your organisation must evolve as technology changes. Regularly ensure your data recovery strategy is up to date with current trends to maintain your protection against threats.