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Do you have a backup that you can rely on?

James David - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last Tuesday, 4800 Australian websites disappeared into the ether when an Australian domain registrar and host was hacked, leaving the data on four of their major servers unrecoverable. If users on those affected servers did not have an external backup accessible, their website, along with all of the work and potential business it represents, was lost. They are rebuilding from the ground up.

How prepared are you for this kind of situation?

Hacks like these are, unfortunately, part of life in today's online world. The internet has an incredible potential to enrich our lives, but as we take greater advantage of this potential; and more of our information, business, communication, socialising and networking moves online, the value and usefulness of obtaining this information for nefarious purposes increases. The important questions become - what are you doing to protect your security, and what redundancy do you have in place to recover your systems, should disaster occur. How recent, thorough, secure, and accessible is your backup?

A thorough and secure hosting company will be making backups of their data to tape and storing them off-site in case of disaster, and most will provide automatic backups of your site, or a simple tool that allows you to easily create a backup through your online control panel. Developing and monitoring a backup schedule, and managing the resulting backups is an important step in improving your website's redundancy. This will help you to know what backups, tools, and options you have available to restore your website in a disaster situation.

If you aren't getting regular backup status reports from your IT service provider, and don't know whether or not you have a backup that you can rely on, it's time for an IT health check.

 

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