You know that Joni Mitchell song, Big Yellow Taxi? “Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.”
This couldn't be more true than when your computer crashes. It's a terrible feeling when your software or hardware suddenly doesn't work, or you can't find an important file you know you had last month. This experience can be a speed bump on your busy day, or a nightmare that takes you days and weeks, and a lot of money, to recover.
Good business practices include having regular backup of your key documents, bookkeeping, website, emails, and databases including your Electronic Medical Record (EMR). If your information is personal or sensitive – to you, your client, or your business – the backup should also be encrypted.
Your backup plan should include a backup of your information in a separate location than the source documents. In case of a catastrophic failure – including bad weather, fire, theft – you can access your key information assets quickly. You could manage the backup yourself or outsource it to a remote backup provider.
Where is your encryption key?
Your encrypted backup files need a ‘key' or algorithm to de-encrypt the files so that you can read and access the information. Have you kept a copy of the encryption key in the same place as your source documents? Or have you kept the key in a separate location – away from the source documents and away from the backup files? Have you recorded in your disaster plan how to retrieve the key?
Where is your Encryption Key? Information Managers
Cybersecurity is for all businesses – even if you are not using social medial or have a website! Many small business think that they are too small to be attacked – not true! Not reviewing your security practices and keeping up to date can leave your small business vulnerable to attacks.
Remember to change your clocks for daylight savings time – and get into the habit to review your backup. Check to make sure that it includes all the information that it should and that you can restore the backup to a clean machine.
What will you do to improve your computer backup plan?
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