Continuing with my views of backup/recovery best practices, I offer up # 6 through #9:
#6 Back up your data locally as well as remotely.
Data restores usually are faster from a local backup source than a remote one, especially for data that you recover frequently.
#7 Secure your IT infrastructure to minimize data corruption and theft.
You’ll want to keep your firewall enabled unless there’s a very specific and valid reason to disable it, and you need to ensure that all your malware defenses are always up-to-date (to make sure, I highly recommend automatic updates).
#8 Don’t forget: Data backup/recovery is key to your ability to recover from disasters and sustain business continuity.
The planning and implementation of your backup and your DR/BC efforts should be tightly integrated and reviewed at the same time. Here, too, a trusted advisor can help.
#9 Assign the management of your organization’s backup/recovery efforts to a “Backup Czar.”
Your Backup Czar should be responsible for ensuring that your organization’s data and apps are backed up according to plan. Your Backup Czar also should regularly test all of your backup/recovery processes and conduct plan reviews to make certain those processes keep pace with changes in technology infrastructure, regulations, and business operations.
Next time, I’ll lay out the last of my 10 backup/recovery best practices and describe what to look for in a backup/recovery services provider.