With threats like ransomware, viruses, malware, hardware failure, user error, vandalism, theft, natural disaster, and disgruntled employees, there is no shortage of ways to lose valuable business data. What is your plan to deal with data loss? Benjamin Franklin’s famous axiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies not only to fires and healthcare but also to protecting your business-critical data assets. Applying industry best practices to prevent data loss combined with proven strategies to recover when prevention fails will enable your business to endure during a data loss disaster.
Here are some simple steps that every family farm operation should consider:
1. Take data backup seriously.
A consistent backup strategy is the only sure way to protect your data from loss and is your last resort should all other prevention methods fail. A good backup strategy incorporates a workflow that keeps two additional copies of your original data. One could be a cloud sharing service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. The other should be a non-synchronizing backup solution, either on-site or off-site. Products like Carbonite, Backblaze, and Crashplan are quite popular for small businesses. However, if your farm business has a lot of data, you may need to consider an enterprise class solution from an IT managed services provider.
2. Test your backups.
What good is a backup if you can’t recover the data from it? Regularly testing your backups by recovering files from them ensures that the information is recoverable and also gives you the opportunity to ensure your most important information is being retained.
3. Don’t skip system security patches and updates.
Yes, this is a nuisance! However, failing to keep your computer, mobile devices, and servers updated creates opportunities for your systems to be compromised.
4. Keep your antivirus and anti malware subscriptions up to date.
Viruses and ransomware are running rampant on the internet these days. Although antivirus software vendors have become very good at detecting and stopping malicious behavior, nothing is 100% effective. To minimize the odds of loss, use reputable vendors that offer subscription services. The major players will keep your protection current and updated with the latest threat prevention.
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