Last line of defence

We set up our backup years ago. We’re covered.

I hear this sort of thing from so many businesses. Unfortunately, backup isn’t the type of thing you can just set and forget about. If your company finds itself compromised by a serious event like cyber-attack or an employee makes an innocent mistake, often your backup is the last line of defence.

But what happens if the data being backed up is corrupt or out of date?

The only way to ensure you’re protected is ongoing monitoring and restore testing of the data.

Two recent examples:

A company we know had their data being stored on a couple of USB drives which were being rotated and taken offsite by staff as part of good business practice. For over a year we had been telling them this manual process was flawed. Unfortunately, they didn’t listen to us. A staff member made an innocent mistake and wiped critical financial records. When they went to the backup, they realised the USB drive had not been rotated for over 6 months. This cost them valuable time and a significant of financial resource to re-enter manually. Moreover, not all the information was able to be sourced and their business reputation was tarnished.

Another company who had put in place multiple levels of backup protection were hit by a serious crypto virus locking staff out of all files. Forty plus people unable to access any company data. They were able to resume business the same day.

Two scenarios – two very different outcomes.

So, you have to understand the value of your data and what it means to your business. Constantly test the validity of your data. Constantly test the process of restoring your data. Make sure your last line of defence is really there. PROTECT yourself.

Craig Reynolds

Managing Director - Tech Precision Pty Ltd

After 25+ years of success working in small and medium-sized companies I found myself looking for the next step in my career; and decided to venture out on my own. I wanted to combine my passion for helping others succeed and prosper, while at the same time build my own company that provides opportunities and rewards for a like-minded team to grow and develop.

I acquired TP in 2017 and I’m proud to say we have evolved into a highly respected Managed Service business remaining relevant to today’s needs. Providing the right technology, systems and support to our clients certainly empowers them with the tools to help achieve their goals – however technology is consistently evolving and often a little confusing to understand if you’re not technically minded. In my opinion the quality of technical service a company provides is just as important as the business relationship, trust and communication between business partners - this is what really feeds my passion. I take as much satisfaction in focusing on TP’s strategic direction and growth as I do supporting and helping our clients achieve their business goals.

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