Four letters that have been on everyone’s lips in recent months are GDPR, standing for General Data Protection Regulation – the EU’s new set of rules for protecting personal information, which comes into force on 25 May 2018. After that date, if you run a business or organisation that collects, controls or processes personal data, you will be required to abide by a significantly more stringent set of controls than the ones that have been in force since the last EU regulation two decades ago. And with penalties of up to €20m (or 4% of turnover, whichever is the highest), it’s not the sort of thing you want to ignore.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Improve your work-life balance? Worry less? Relax more? Good plan. So you want to make sure you’re not spending the year worrying about your IT. You can achieve that peace of mind by making sure you’re observing the three golden rules of IT: back up, update and secure. Make this your New Year’s resolution and it’ll be good for your business and good for you.
Beef up your backups
There’s nothing more frustrating than losing a vital piece of work or cherished photos and finding they’re gone forever because you haven’t backed them up. A major data loss can cost a business dear and, in severe cases, even bring it down. We cannot overstress the importance of backing up your data but we often come across cases where a business thinks it’s backing up but isn’t.
The danger is an over-reliance on an inadequate backup solution. Just being plugged into a remote hard-drive may not be enough to ensure all your files are being saved as they should be. Ask yourself the following questions:
Is my backup automated? If not, and you’re relying on regular manual back-ups, you’re leaving yourself exposed to human error. So make sure your backup process is automated and configured appropriately to the quantity and frequency of updates your business needs.
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