Have you ever had that heart-wrenching moment when you lost a project you were working on due to a computer glitch, painfully realizing that you hadn’t saved or completed a backup anywhere yet? These moments happen more often than people care to admit, and it can be devasting to a business if there is a significant loss of data.
What Should You Save?
In all reality, you should have a backup or physical copies of nearly everything in your business. You never know when something will go wrong, whether it is a natural disaster or a data breach. The last thing you want to have to do is recreate documents or systems that have already been perfected.
How to Create a Backup and Recovery Process
To prevent these unforeseen disasters from affecting your business, you must implement a strict and regulated backup and recovery process.
Firstly, you need to create a backup and recovery process for a variety of scenarios. Each of these processes should be documented, including information such as:
- What assets are the most critical to the business and should be restored first in the event of a failure.
- Where backups, and their subsets, are located and how to access them.
- How backups should be performed and by whom.
- What kind of repairs might need to be made and who will make them.
This information should be reviewed by your IT team and updated regularly. In addition, it is crucial to practice and test these processes consistently so that your staff knows what to do in case these events occur.
Secondly, you need to have a consistent monitoring system in place. Weekly full-system and daily incremental backups should be performed using an automated system. The backups themselves should be sent to an offsite location. Plus, there needs to be an automated system in place to monitor your automated systems. I know it sounds complicated, but essentially this automated monitoring system of your automated backup systems is there as a fail-safe to ensure that your IT team is notified of any failures or anomalies.
Lastly, your IT team must perform quarterly checks of your backup and recovery systems for any holes or inefficiencies. By doing so, your team will be able to update and re-test your systems until they are running at peak performance.
How Does Your Backup and Recovery Practice Affect SOC 2 Compliance?
When going through the SOC 2 compliance process, auditors will examine your backup and recovery processes to determine whether your business has made sufficient efforts to maintain the business while protecting its assets and clients. You will be required to meet their standards to receive compliance.
Fortunately, Eden Data is here to guide you in the SOC 2 audit process. We can help you step by step to achieve SOC 2 compliance as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today!