How to Enable Data Loss Prevention in Case of Natural Disasters

Data loss prevention is critical to ensure data and business continuity after a natural disaster. Recover your systems and data as quickly and fully as possible by mitigating risk with the right policies, processes, and infrastructure.

Here are the key questions you should be asking when creating a plan to protect and recover your data in the case of a natural disaster:

What does your current backup situation look like?

The first step toward improving your data protection practices is to consider your current IT infrastructure and systems. Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place? If not, why not?

The assumption that nothing bad will ever happen to your data exposes your business to major risks and devastating losses. It’s not a question of if your data will be destroyed or compromised; rather, it’s when.

Even the most cautious organization will run into situations like natural disasters, hacking attacks, or even user error, where their data is lost or compromised and needs to be recovered. A well-prepared business should always have a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plan at the ready.

Have you talked to your employees?

By developing and instituting clear internal processes and best practice standards for data management, businesses can help to prevent data loss following natural disasters. Once employees are properly handling files and information day to day and know the correct steps to take during adverse events, your business is a critical step closer to ensuring data protection and successful business continuity.

How often do you test your backups?

Even if you have a backup system in place, how often do you test your procedures and backups to make sure that you can rely on them when you need them the most? It’s not unheard of for a business to lose everything in a fire, and when attempting a recovery, they find out that the entire backup is corrupted or doesn’t work properly. You shouldn’t hope that your backups are reliable, complete, and ready to go; you need to guarantee that they are.

Read our How to Test Your Backup and Recovery eBook for critical best practices.

Where do your backups live?

Many businesses rely on their own servers for backup, either on-premise or off. In these cases, you should be sure to design a network of backups that offers sufficient redundancy, and to have the appropriate resources and expertise to maintain and service them.

What backup approach works for you?

Many organizations that maintain their own data centers also use third party cloud-based solutions for a secondary backup. Having servers in diverse locations supports data loss prevention by minimizing risks due to natural disaster.

A hybrid approach that combines on-premise servers with third-party managed cloud infrastructure can provide geo-redundancy and additional managed services capabilities.

Take advantage of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

The most effective way to enable data loss prevention is to create a seamless disaster recovery plan that includes Disaster-Recover-as-a-Service (DRaaS). DRaaS simplifies many of the backup and recovery processes, provides storage-related cost savings, and allows businesses to backup their data more frequently with less administrative complexity.

In the event of a natural disaster, a third-party DR service provider can typically help you recover much faster because of their significant and specialized training and resources. DRaaS providers also have the experience of handling multiple catastrophic events in a diverse range of scenarios and can contribute their expertise around handling real world failovers. Third party service providers can rapidly respond when disaster strikes to assist your business in successfully minimizing damage to your data, reputation, and business continuity.

Storagepipe Specializes in Data Loss Prevention

By following data protection best practices, your organization can weather natural disasters and reduce or eliminate disruption to your business.

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Working with Storagepipe will allow you to avoid costly outages and data loss that could harm your operations, reputation, and profitability. Preparation means businesses gain a competitive advantage by keeping the lights on during the storm.

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