Is your backup data protected?

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We live in a world which unfortunately makes our data and information vulnerable. It’s difficult to see a week through without a leading news story about the latest RansomWare, or data theft case incident. So, if you are not triple checking that your data is protected, you may end up paying the ultimate price…

Protecting yourself is not difficult at all. Aside from ensuring you have the latest Anti-Virus software updates and training your staff not to open suspicious emails (never clicking on links or opening attached ZIP or Word attachments etc), you should have backup strategies with fail-safes and duplication. Moreover, you should ensure you have an encrypted backup. Why? because Ransomware runs through your computer and network drives (including cloud drives such as GoogleDrive) and encrypts all your files. By having an encrypted backup, the Ransomware will not recognise the compressed file extension and ignore it when its “Searches and destroys” your files.

I’d like to share my personal backup strategy (which is simple & cheap to implement). Like many, I have a network, PCs, Laptop, mobile devices, a Network Storage device and cloud file storage (in my case – Google Drive).

Our PCs and Laptops save all their files to the local Network Storage device. Most of our computers have files saved locally for 24/7 access (particularly when we are developing software solutions).

Having tried various Backup software solutions (and there are many good ones out there), we landed on Backup4all which had specific capability to backing up to the cloud (most traditional cloud solutions including Google, Amazon S3, One Drive, Drop box and more). Our backup routine essentially backs up all our local files to the network storage first, then takes all the Network files and performs a password protected encrypted backup on our Company Google Drive.

All in all, the above strategies are very simple to implement and will cost little.

If you are using cloud storage, ensure you have plenty of GB (space) available for your backups. Remember, the cloud drives are just as vulnerable as your C:\ drive – hence, always ensure you have an encrypted backup in place.

Whilst NAS (Network Accessible Storage) devices have cloud capabilities, we chose NOT to enable cloud access. This means you cannot access the NAS remotely – however, it does add that extra layer of security (aka – preventing external access to your local drives via the cloud).

If you need assistance with establishing a robust, secure and reliable backup strategy, contact ZIS today.