Audit your backups – why it’s important
In the world of IT it’s common to hear the phrase, “nobody cares about the backup until they need it to recover.” While that’s common, we’re different. We care about backups when no one else does!
Hardware failure, human error and any number of unexpected situations (natural disaster, legal situations) can strike at any time. By running an audit, you can check over all data that is part of the backup.
Where do I start with a backup audit?
A basic backup audit looks like this:
- What data is part of the backup?
- Have multiple backup types, on different types of media located in different physical locations.
- Perform regular test recoveries of this data.
- How to document backup data and make it publicly accessible.
What data is part of the backup?
‘If a file is not part of the backup, then no one can restore it.’
Take stock on what’s currently part of the backup. Is there anything missing that would cause stress?
Data is forever changing and with this; so does its importance. Check, then double check that everything required for business continuity is in your backup.
Multiple backup types, on different media located in multiple physical locations.
The 3-2-1 backup strategy gets it’s name from the components that make it up:
3 different backups available at all times
2 different types of media/destination
1 backup offsite at all times
Ticking these three boxes as part of your DR plan goes a long way in insuring your business will be able to continue to operate under any circumstance.
An excellent outline of the 3-2-1 methodology can be found at https://www.backblaze.com/blog/the-3-2-1-backup-strategy/.
Perform regular test recoveries of this data.
‘Backups are worthless if you can’t recover them.’
Disaster recovery plans (DR plan) help businesses counter the unexpected. As a result, scheduling regular recoveries or simulated scenarios should be a major role in this.
Avoidable problems are experienced during live disaster recovery situations that would be picked up during testing. Consequently causing unnecessary panic.
The team at TestMyBackups can help with this. More information can be found at https://testmybackups.com/recovery-testing/.
How to document backup data and make it publicly accessible
Make an easy to read list of all data that you’re including in your backup that’s publicly available. A by product of this is any user can check important files are in locations that are part of the backup. Let them know the location.