Looking at the importance of data and the information held within a company and any other organizations and the information which is also held by individuals reveals very important uses. Therefore individuals and organizations have to work and plan for data management and recovery which have to be done in detail and which has to be done strategically to prevent data loss and protect the integrity of data and any other information. The plan will not only identify the backup software and service to use but also the effective plans which have to be laid down and which will demand that all individuals involved have to work towards achieving positive results in backing up and managing all data. Also important is that the backup and recovery method should be tested and proven to meet all the needs which have been outlined both in the present and in the future.
In order to determine what will be very important in data management and data restoration in the occasion of data loss, a detailed plan has to be made with regard to what will be the initial steps in the occasion of loss of data and other emergency situations. This means that all types of disasters will be anticipated and there will be the procedures to go about recovering from the situation. Attention and priority is given files which have been ranked as important and how to recover these specific files. The biggest danger to the integrity of data and information which a company or a business holds has been identified as a people in this case the employees coming into direct contact with data in the company. People have been identified as the weakest link in any backup and restoration process. Therefore, for the backup and recovery processes to be very effective, policies have to be developed to govern the handling of data and the recovery process. The policies will detail the steps to take in an emergency situation and the communication channels in place. It will have the roles of people and the files and information of great priority.
All these people handling data should be educated on the guidelines in place and the processes involved in the storages of files and creation of backups. Files will be required to be stored in the directory created and made available and which is a backup on the main servers. This avoids data loss and other disasters which are prone to happen. In this case, antivirus software will be required so that data is secured from hackers and other forms of cyber attacks. Second to preparing and educating employees on backups is the disaster recovery plan and education. Such data recovery plans must involve the people handling data so that they are executed seamlessly and based on the present and futures needs of the business. In talking about the needs of a business, we in this case imply the processes and turnaround times which have been enjoyed by customers. Recovery is always a priority so as to retain a happy customer base that is confident in the abilities and values entrenched in the business. Thus in the times of an emergency, the contact person is immediately notified and processes are unrolled to ensure that the business remains productive. Contact information is therefore important as well as passwords which should have a different backup and which should preferably be offline.
Lastly but not least, the backups and the recovery processes have to be tested to make sure that they are effective and that they are producing the desired results. The results are the data that has been placed in the backup retains its integrity even after recovery. The processes in place will then be relied upon so that data will never be lost at any one point when unfortunate incidences occur. By going through all the processes, problems will be identified and rectified so that in the occasion of an emergency then everything should work find to restore normalcy. Therefore in the event that backup is provided by a service, then it should be important to find out what must be the steps in place when responding to emergency situations. The transition has to be confirmed to be working albeit regularly both for the services and the removable storage media. Always be ready for the unexpected through the tests and data will always be secure at all times.