Since the beginning of 2019, data breaches are up by 54% over the same period in 2018. Bad actors will use any available means to access your organization’s data, including your backups. Backups are also essential to recovering from a security breach. If your organization’s data is compromised, quick restoration is vital for keeping your organization up and running.

Are your data backup methods secure? Here are a few questions to help you find out.

Does Your Backup Include Cloud-Based Data and Applications?

Chances are, your on-premise physical servers and virtual servers are backed up. For today’s organizations, though, that’s only part of your data. Cloud-based data and applications like Microsoft Office 365 need to be backed up too. Contrary to what some organizations believe, Microsoft Office 365 does not include a comprehensive backup.

Cloud-based applications like Microsoft Office 365 also need to be backed up securely with measures like multi-factor authentication. A comprehensive backup ensures that you can recover critical files quickly, even when they’ve been accidentally deleted.

Are Your Backups Encrypted?

Many organizations are turning to cloud-based backups as a part of their recovery plan. This means data needs to be transmitted securely and encrypted at a minimum of 256-bit AES before it leaves your network. It should also be encrypted two more times: while it’s being transferred to the cloud and while it’s being stored in the cloud.

Are Your Backups Siloed?

Access to your backups should be limited to those who need it. If you’re using a cloud-based backup service, are your backups isolated from other organizations using the same service? Shared platforms should have segregated networks and limit access to protect your backups from being corrupted and compromised.

Are Your Backups Being Tested?

Backups are only useful if they work. If backups aren’t regularly tested, you run the risk of not being able to recover. Testing should cover different scenarios and be conducted on a schedule that meets the needs and requirements of your industry.

Are You Following the 3-2-1 Rule?

According to the 3-2-1 rule, your organization should have three copies of your data, stored on two types of media and one of those copies should be off-site. It takes extensive storage and resources to transmit backups off-site, but it’s essential for security and disaster recovery. Implementing and following the 3-2-1 rule ensures that your organization can bounce back quickly.

Less Worry, More Security

Ensuring your backups are secure, compliant and usable is essential but time-consuming. At Peters & Associates, we offer PULSE Backup Management, which includes 24/7 back-up monitoring, customized backup schedules, regular reporting and more. We’ve partnered with the best backup providers in the industry, including Veeam, to ensure your backups are encrypted, transmitted quickly and readily available. Contact us to learn more about our PULSE Backup Management service.