Cybersecurity and Backing Up Your Data

London Business Hub is providing advice and information to help businesses and the self-employed work online safely. This week, we provide advice and tips on how to protect and backup your data.

Data backups

Backing up your data is a crucial business continuity and cybersecurity step. Backups allow you to restore data from an earlier point in time when the backup was made. Important reasons for backing up your data include:

  • To prevent data loss, such as data that is accidentally deleted. 
  • Your device is stolen, lost or broken.
  • Record-keeping. 
  • A virus corrupts your data.
  • To copy existing files onto a new device.

Backups can usually be set up so they take place automatically, and should be stored in a separate, safe location. This could be on cloud storage or on removable media, such as an external hard drive or memory card.

The Police Digital Security centre has published a blog with key considerations when using the cloud to store backups.

This short video from the Metropolitan Police Service also provides an introduction to backing up data:

Browse our library of support for more tips and advice to help you work safely during COVID-19. We cover a range of topics to help you identify and prevent common online threats.


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