Data Recovery: Essential for your Business
In the digital age, there is an overwhelming amount of data being produced every second of every day. This data is the lifeblood of your business, regardless of its size. It needs to be protected and secured against any eventuality with a data recovery plan.
When it comes to data recovery practices, it is vital that any business has measures in place to ensure:
- A means of disaster recovery that is as fast and complete as possible
There are two clear reasons to have a planned and organised data recovery system: the legal case and the business case.
The Legal Case
The Data Protection Act makes it clear that any business of any size that holds and processes information about clients, employees or suppliers, is legally obliged to protect that information. Under the terms of the Act, you must:
- Only collect information that you need for a specific purpose
- Keep it secure
- Ensure it is relevant and up to date
- Only hold as much as you need, and only for as long as you need it
- Allow the subject of that information to see it should they request to
- Destroy the information in a secure way
Obviously, should the data be lost unintentionally, it is not being managed securely. A data recovery system gives you peace of mind that your part of the business bargain is being fulfilled.
The Business Case
There is an obvious business case for installing a data recovery system. Whether you lose data through hardware or system failures, human error or accidental deletions, software errors or viruses, the longer you are without essential data, the more your business suffers. Having a recovery system in place can ensure that the time spent without this data is minimal.
It also provides invaluable security and peace of mind. The ability to recover from a data disaster successfully will also enhance your business’ reputation going forward; if you are perceived as being unable to deal with a crisis, clients and customers will lose faith in you. By contrast, demonstrating the ability to recover quickly, and continue operations with minimal disruption, will encourage confidence and trust in the security of your business.