What is backup?
Backup refers to a copy of computer data (such as contracts, drawings, recipes, forecasts, quality data, compensation plans, and other contents stored on a hard drive). The verb backup means to make a copy of (a computer file or data) to protect against accidental loss or corruption.
What is recovery?
The definition for recovery is the act, process, or an instance of recovering data from accidental loss or corruption.
What is backup strategy?
A plan for backup and recovery actions to achieve the goals of what, when and how data, applications, and systems will be backed up and restored to a usable state for business purposes.
What is backup policy?
A defined plan with set schedules whereby data is copied to disk to ensure ability to recover in the event of accidental data deletion, corruption event, or hardware failure that causes an outage. The purpose of the backup policy is to minimize data loss and system downtime.
Backup policies are actually data insurance policies, and not merely an item on a checklist. Why do we make this distinction? Manufacturing business owners continue to experience business interruption and financial loss because they believe they are protected. They pay their invoice each month and are told by their outsourced IT that they are protected.
These unverified claims go undetected, until there is a urgent need to restore, typically from hardware failure or ransomware. When the provider reports that the data was not backed up and therefore, not recoverable, who is impacted the most by this discovery? As your provider walks away, you are left scrambling to keep your business alive and reputation intact.
There is a better method to protect your business from financial loss.