One of the best ways to prepare for a disaster is to maintain good backups. Effective backups are an essential part of good recovery plans. Backups are your last line of defense.
As a nonprofit, you must inspect your backups to make sure they are happening and that they’re being tested. Implement a backup strategy that tells you what is being backed up, where is it getting backed up to, and how often the backups are occurring.
Before implementing a backup solution it’s important to first identify and document a list of all the digital assets that you possess. Often, organizations fail to identify all the data that they need to recover from a disaster. For example, employees could be storing data on their desktops, on their laptops, mobile devices, or even phones. Data will also reside on servers in the cloud, on the website, and within email systems. “Organization Data” includes physical documents that you possess, such as H.R. files, contracts, and leases that should be stored in waterproof and fireproof filing cabinets.
In addition to local backups, it’s essential and vital to perform remote backups where the backups are automatically sent to a remote location. Backing up your data remotely will come in handy if a disaster that damages your physical office occurs.