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Blue Team: The Importance of Having Maintained, Saved Images

May 24th, 2022 | 4 min. read

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The Importance of Saved Images

At Guide Star, we have top-tier IT security practitioners, also known as our Blue Team, that engage with small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners and managers. Our blue team experts implement means and methods to mitigate cyber risk as well as arm your organization against future threats.

As cybercrime continues to increase, it’s important to rethink your approach to cybersecurity. One approach our Blue Team recommends is having maintained, saved images, aka a snapshot of your server’s file system at a particular point in time. Let’s review the benefits of maintaining and saving images of your data files.

Reduces Downtime

Having a saved image of your data significantly reduces downtime if you need to revert back to a previous point in time in your server. An image backup is a continuous backup method that takes a carbon copy image of your data system. This allows IT departments to save time from having to backup many computers and systems. Image backups are usually compressed down to be made smaller for storage, which allows them to be taken multiple times a day. This frees up time for your IT team since they won’t have to manually set up and run backups each workday.

It should be noted that image backups should be used in conjunction with point in time backups. A constant backup method, like image backups, can also back up problem data that might not be detected for some period of time after the backup. Having a point in time backup allows a customer to go back to the last time data was known to be uncorrupted.

Image backups are also a cost-efficient way to store your data due to lower storage volumes. Downtime can cost thousands of dollars with every wasted minute. The faster you can recover, the faster you can get back to being productive and taking care of your customers.

Reduces Impact on Your Company’s Reputation

When a customer entrusts an organization with their personal data, they expect it to be protected. A data breach is the last thing you want for your company. A data breach puts your reputation at stake and tarnishes your brand image. If your customer’s information is compromised in a breach, it’s very possible your customer will lose trust in your organization. Disruptions from human error, system outage, or data loss can have a significant impact on your reputation. Having a saved image of your data allows that information to be restored if the original data is lost in some way.

Requirement for Cybersecurity Insurance

Cyber insurance is a great way to protect your company from damages and liabilities as a result of hacks, ransomware attacks, or data breaches. SMBs are just as attractive to bad actors as large businesses are, so it’s important to have protection from these digital threats.

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If you already have or plan on using cyber insurance, you must meet basic IT security requirements to qualify for insurance. One of these requirements is that your data must be regularly backed up. Why? Because insurance companies don’t want you to solely rely on them as an IT security solution. Even if you face no direct financial damages, you can still harm your reputation and customers personal data. Taking the appropriate steps to improve your IT security not only prevents cyber attacks, but can also lower your insurance premiums.

Security Standard Practice

Image backups are one of the most reliable methods of safeguarding your company’s critical data on your servers. In the event of an outage or disaster, you can quickly restore all files, applications, and operating systems which is why having regular image backups of your server should be part of your disaster recovery plan.

We get it—things happen beyond our control all the time. You need to be prepared for events like ransomware attacks, hardware failure, or just simple human mistakes. Things can get accidentally deleted or mistakenly changed. Having well-maintained and saved data images allows you to recover your files, quickly, when something inevitably goes wrong.

How to Implement Image Backups in Your Security Plan

Guide Star and our Blue Team can work with you to ensure safekeeping of your data files. We recommend cloud storage of these image backups for extra security. Guide Star currently supports several backup solutions for our customers including Barracuda, Crashplan, Cloudberry, and Veeam.

If you need some extra technology help in your business and keeping your employees and customers data safe, give Guide Star a call at 844-403-8551 or email us at sales@guide-star.com.