One of the most frequently cited causes of data loss is
accidental deletion by the end-user. Backing up computer data is one of the
most important steps you can take to protect the information on your computer.
Other causes of lost data can include such things as equipment failure, computer
theft, file corruption, accidental deletion, virus attack, or natural disaster
(flood, fire, etc.). The value of backups becomes evident if you have ever lost
data and were able to restore it from a recent backup.
If you have critical information for which you are responsible
and are making your own backups, your backup process needs to include the same
steps followed by LAN Administrators. Contact your LAN Administrator or your
organizationís ISSO for assistance.
If you save files on devices that are not routinely backed
up by LAN support staff, such as your workstation or laptop, you are responsible
for making backups. Follow these tips for trouble free backups.
- Perform a FULL backup on a regular basis
- Do not backup over your most recent backup media.
- Use a cycle of at least three backups to avoid losing
data if a tape or other backup media goes bad.
- Properly label your backups to ensure correct rotation
- Store backup media in a safe and secure location.
- All critical data and system file backups should be
stored in a high security offsite facility under contract by CDC. Contact
IRMO at (404) 639-7810 for more information.
- Password protect your backups, if possible.