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Because data is the heart of the enterprise, it’s crucial for you to protect
it. And to protect your organization’s data, you need to implement a backup and
recovery plan. Backing up files can protect against accidental loss of user
data, database corruption, hardware failures, and even natural disasters.

Creating a Backup and Recovery Plan

Data backup is an insurance plan. Important files are accidentally deleted
all the time. Mission-critical files can become corrupt. Natural disasters can
leave your office in ruin. With a solid backup and recovery plan, you can
recover from any of these. Without one, you’re left with nothing to fall back
on.

Figuring Out a Backup Plan

It takes time to create and implement a backup and recovery plan. You’ll need
to figure out what data needs to be backed up, how often the data should be
backed up, and more. To help you create a plan, consider the following:

How important is the data on your systems?

What type of information does the data contain?

How often does the data change?

How quickly do you need to recover the data?

Do you have the equipment to perform backups?

Who will be responsible for the backup and recovery plan?

What is the best time to schedule backups?

Do you need to store backups off-site?