Is your chambers prepared for a major security breach or disaster? According to a recent study, only 35% of small and medium-sized businesses are confident with their data backup and disaster recovery plans. This means a good portion of companies out there aren’t sure they’ll be able to recover from a natural or human-made disaster, and many will go out of business as a result.
The good news is, there is still time to get your data backup plan in place. The right disaster recovery backup can help you avoid costly downtime, leaving your data protected from floods, fires, break-ins, and cyber theft. The convenience of a backup and disaster recovery solution will allow you to focus on growing your firm instead of worrying about data loss.
The importance of reliable data backups
The importance of backing up your data is even more paramount since the introduction of GDPR. However, the storage and backup of information does get a little complicated in this area. GDPR centres around the individual’s “right to be forgotten” and your organisation trying to preserve that data, so data backup in 2018 and beyond does present its challenges.
So how do you protect your clients’ information while remaining GDPR compliant? The key is to build a position of defense and document your processes while getting your standards, policies, and procedures in order. You must have a reliable data backup plan in place, and your entire firm should be aware of their responsibilities for the protection of personal data.
Your employees will also need training on how to report suspected data loss or manipulation. When it comes to data backup and protection, education across the board is the best and cheapest way to reduce risk.
Different ways of backing up data
Backing up your data is vital to the ongoing success and security of your business, but how do you know which solution is right for your chambers?
“The biggest mistake is to not do your homework in terms of recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives,” says Christophe Bertrand, Enterprise Strategy Group Analyst.
Choosing the right solution for your firm will depend on many factors, including the size of your organisation and the amount of data you store digitally. Most companies have three main options: traditional backup software, a converged backup appliance, or a cloud-based service.
Traditional backup software is ideal for large businesses that have storage specialists, or small businesses where the amount of data is easily digestible.
Converged appliances, on the other hand, are intended for firms with many branch offices due to their technology’s plug-and-play intentions. With converged data backup, there is no need for extra hardware purchases.
Cloud backup services (or self-hosted clouds) may be right for firms based in regions prone to human-made or natural disasters, as they allow you to store all your data online.
An important takeaway is not to waste time and resources overprotecting non-critical data and understand that with any data backup system, there’s going to be downtime. What your chambers needs to ascertain is the gap between desired downtime and acceptable downtime, and plan accordingly.
Don’t leave your data backup to chance
A reliable data backup and recovery solution is integral to the survival of every law firm. By investing in and implementing a reliable data backup solution, you won’t be leaving the protection of your data to chance.
City Business Solutions will safeguard your chambers from human-made and natural disasters, and other factors that may jeopardise the safety of your vital data. We provide flexible IT services for companies in the legal sector, while ensuring they remain GDPR compliant and protected from data loss or theft. For further information, contact us today.