The Three Pillars Of Data Protection


In order for data to be considered “securely protected”, it must meet 3 key requirements.

These requirements are a bit like the legs on a tripod. When you’ve met all of them, you have a data protection plan that’s truly stable. But if just one of them breaks or becomes unstable, the entire data protection plan falls to the ground.

The first pillar you must protect is the integrity of your data.

Obviously, your information will be completely wiped out if your primary storage device is destroyed before it can be backed up. Backing up more frequently will help minimize the amount of data you could potentially lose in a data disaster.

But you also have to consider the accuracy of the information that you’re backing up. If the most recent version of your files have somehow become corrupted, then you might be destroying the last authentic copy by overwriting your last valid copy during the backup process.

This is why it helps to keep a rotation with multiple historical backups on file.

 The next pillar that you must protect is the security of your data.

People don’t normally think of security as being an aspect of data protection. But a confidentiality breach can modify or destroy the information that is contained within your computers… even if the original data is intact.

For example: If the serial number of a winning lottery ticket is leaked to the public, the ticket will be invalidated since any winner can be reasonably accused of cheating.

When it comes to backups, you should always store your data in encrypted format. And the encryption keys should be closely guarded. The backups should also be stored in a physically secure facility, locked away where no unauthorized people can access it.

The third and final pillar is the accessibility of your data.

This is probably the most neglected aspect of data protection, but it’s quickly growing in importance.

Thanks to social media and online business, bad news travels quickly and customers can change vendors with greater ease than ever. When your servers go down, you need to bring them back up as soon as possible in order to minimize the potential damage to your company and its reputation.

Accessibility also applies to your ability to use the data that you’ve backed up. One of the biggest problems in IT is the rapid growth in data storage costs, and the increasing costs associated with electronic discovery and searching of archival documents.

Your company could be taken to court and forced to find a few historical emails amongst a pile of 800 archival backup tapes. This is further compounded by the fact that most of these old storage devices can’t be accessed without hard-to-find legacy hardware and software.

Backing up for tomorrow isn’t enough. Today’s backup professionals also need to consider how they will recover today’s backup data 6 or 7 years into the future.

The integrity, security, and accessibility of your data are the 3 pillars that hold up your data protection plan. And if just one of these pillars becomes weak, it could threaten the whole structure of your information security.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting the integrity, security and accessibility of your corporate information, contact Storagepipe Canada Online Backup or System i Online Backup today.

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