Benefits of Regular Backup Testing

December 2020 - BAckup

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The only way you know you are not wasting time and money on an expensive recovery plan is to test it regularly and see the results.


Cloud backup and recovery is not some erroneous concept. If you use technology physically or in the cloud, you will eventually have to deal with recovery. It is up to you whether the outcome will positive or negative.

What is your company’s RTO number? Expectations of 4 hours or less are increasingly common, but recovery is often a big challenge. Is your company fully prepared to meet your RTO needs?

A new approach to data backup and recovery is required. It’s time to meet these challenges through automation, AI, and machine learning-based tools that make data and application protection as invisible and hassle-free as possible.

Failure to deflect downtime-causing cyberattacks or recover instantly from them can be costly. While the cost of application downtime varies dramatically across industries, Ponemon research puts the average at around $9,000 per minute. Do you know how much application downtime would cost your business?

Not only is testing crucial to identify and resolve any problems or challenges with your backup strategies, but regular testing of the recovery process will also help ensure you have peace of mind that your data is protected and recoverable. It will also help you fulfill any compliance obligations and documentation.

A key metric in DR planning, RTO helps you determine how quickly you need to recover and restore your data, infrastructure, and operations following a disaster or major downtime scenario to maintain business continuity.

RPO is the measurement most useful in helping to determine and configure how often data backups need to be performed in order to ensure the minimal data loss period or how much time can pass between the last data backup and a disaster without causing serious harm to your business.

Backup testing is critical to protecting your business data and information assets. The worst time to find out something is not as it should be is in the middle of a disaster or data loss incident.

Disaster Recovery testing can be painful but how can you be confident that your backup solution is working and recoverable if you don’t test? With so much rapid change in business and technology, do you really want to rely on the hope that the backup test in June will ensure you can recover from a security incident in December?

The world is moving to the cloud, and if you are not already in it, you should be too. However, the cloud is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and without the right plan and expertise in place, you may find your resources (and costs) running wild. An estimated 25-35% of cloud spend is “wasted”, especially in cases where visibility and governance aren’t prioritized and centralized.

Mobile devices and the data they hold can pose a big risk for your business. Make sure that the data and information on any laptops or other mobile devices used by your traveling or remote workers are properly backed up and encrypted for security.