Today, March 31, is supposed to be World Backup Day. Where did that one come from? Isn’t every day a backup day?
A check on this organization reveals a website which states:
614a is Ismail Jadun. If you are looking to kickstart a new project, research new opportunities or develop a brand – 614a can help. I work to help you take your projects to the next level. I can help in the initial stages of a project: discovery, research, prototyping, as well as latter stages – branding and launch.
The outfit is based in San Francisco, according to LinkedIn, and is a “digital. agency. and. cool. stuff.” Shoot. Me. Dead. But wait: he has a recommendation from Backblaze. CEO. Gleb. Budman.
World Backup Day (WBD) as an event-slash-concept started in 2010 and has been sponsored by, among others, Code 42 and Backblaze. Apparently Jadun and fellow Redditors were discussing the inherent need for backing up data, and he decided to declare the day before April Fool’s Day as the perfect time to back up files. We’ll give them that. He created WorldBackupDay.com and started spreading the word among netizens. Well, at least there are good intentions.
So here we are, seven years later, and my inbox has received several WBD statements from suppliers:
Code 42 says, “This year we’ve seen the incidents of ransomware continue to rise, illustrating the importance of backing up and securing your data.” It provides three tips:
Phil Maynard, data protection director EMEA at Barracuda, offers this thought: “Just this month, the UK’s National Crime Agency and National Cyber Security Agency joined forces to sound the alarm around the significant and growing risk to businesses that ransomware poses. Ransomware will only become more sophisticated, with data backup a key method of avoiding becoming the next ransomware victim.”
Always follow the 3-2-1 rule:
Have at least three copies of your data.
Store the copies on two different media (either disk and tape or two separate systems).
Keep one backup copy offsite.
Some other nuggets of advice:
There are only two types of disk drive: ones that are still working and ones that have failed.
Always test your ability to restore from backups on a regular basis.
Perform a complete disaster recovery test at least once a year, but ideally every quarter, or better still every month.
For a speedy recovery, always protect the whole server, including the operating system and applications, not just the data.
Always make sure that more than one person knows your backup and recovery procedures.
Calculate what the cost of downtime to your business would be and use it to stress the importance of investing in a good backup and disaster recovery strategy.
Map out where your most important business data resides and apply an appropriate backup regime.
One size does not fit all.
Don’t forget to back up your remote user data.
Keep it simple. The last thing you want to do in the middle of an emergency is to deal with too much complexity.
[Source: The Register]