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Data loss remediation is expensive and requires a great deal of effort. Whether caused by cyber attacks, fire, water damage, theft etc., data loss can, in the worst case, even destroy livelihoods. How do you back up your data?

There are many different ways to back up data. First and foremost, however, each private individual or entrepreneur must decide on a security status for his data. Divide your files and documents into separate security segments and determine whether it is sufficient, for example, to "only" store them on an external hard disk or if it is necessary to also keep them under lock and key.

The business sector, in particular, deals with customer data and price lists on a daily basis. Hospitals and doctors store sensitive information in patient files and banks need to protect their accounts. The consequences of a loss of documentation would be most severe. What are the available options?

One possibility would be a RAID, the "Redundant Array of Independent Disks". By connecting multiple hard drives, data can be mirrored from one hard drive to the next. In the event of a hard drive failure, a copy would thus be available. Memory errors or virus attacks, however, would also be mirrored, which means that RAID cannot replace a backup. We always recommend a full external backup.

Apart from storage media such as USB sticks, discs or tapes, it is also possible to use our KeyDisc. This is a custom solution with an additional storage capacity of between 100 and 5000 GB. It allows our customers to make own individual backup configurations. The KeyDisc is separated from all other products in order to provide the greatest possible safety if a fault occurs. It is important to bear in mind that you yourself are responsible for your backups in this case. For smaller companies or companies with an own data protection or security officer, this should not pose a problem. It does, however, require some time and effort. The KeyDisc is included to varying degrees in our dedicated Business Line server bundles. If you are already using our KeyHelp administration software, we can add a script to perform the backup on request. In this case, all data managed by KeyHelp will be moved to KeyDisc.

In order to really be sure that all data is protected and that the insurance will step in in the event of a loss, you should opt for a full backup carried out directly by a provider. This will back up all the files on your customer web space, in databases, e-mail mailboxes, as well as all other sensitive data and settings. We then transmit the data to a dedicated backup server, where it is kept for two generations in accordance with the generation principle. This means that backups will be made at various intervals to ensure that several versions are available if data needs to be restored. These backup versions are generally referred to as grandfather, father and son. This procedure ensures that damaged "son" data can be restored from the "father" data and damaged "father" data can be restored from the "grandfather" data.

We can provide you with a suitable backup solution for any type of project. It is also possible to back up the data on a tape drive. Data tapes are extremely robust and highly durable. The highest degree of insurance protection is provided by additionally storing the tapes in fire-proof vaults. The tapes can be replaced on a daily basis and locked away again. It is worthwhile asking your insurance consultant for advice.

If you are not sure which backup is right for you, simply contact us. We will gladly provide you with extensive advice!

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