The 3-2-1 backup rule; don’t underestimate its simplicity.

Here’s the problem…

Backing up your critical data isn’t something you should ignore; you need to guarantee that your key information will endure any unpredictable situation.

Too many businesses & individuals have deteriorated from data loss after a system failure, file corruption, unintentional deletion, or even by environmental disaster! Although most common of all will be lost through you becoming a casualty to a random cyber-attack.

You may well make a duplicate of your files and save them to an external disk or dump a copy in the Cloud, but is that a thorough enough backup to protect your business from total loss?


Here’s how it works.

The 3-2-1 Backup rule; a thorough procedure to cover nearly all possibilities of data loss and requirement for recovery.

An easy-to-remember configuration for keeping all your personal details and company data protected & recoverable should the worst take place.

ALWAYS keep at least THREE versions of your up-to-date data.

You can’t foresee data loss, or worse, a cyber-attack. Having at least three separate backup copies of your data improves to best alleviate the risk of loss. One copy being your original file data (on your server/s or cloud storage), with an additional two duplicate copies being stored in alternate locations as your backup sources.

Store TWO backup copies on distinctive devices or storage media.

Nothing lasts forever, (asides plastic). We must all remember that storage methods will suffer a failure at some point in their life, or if they are linked to your network at the point of a cyber-attack striking, they may well become contaminated and suffer loss too.

Therefore, to boost peace of mind, you should always have several copies on unique devices, and they shouldn’t be the same product, with slight odds of corrupting at the same time.

Hold at least ONE backup copy offsite.

A plain, yet very crucial rule. If you follow the first two rules, you’re on the right track, but if you don’t have an offsite backup, you’re not completely protected.

You’ve undoubtedly speculated why, if your external hard drives, disks or cloud storage are all tied to your system, whilst it corrupts or gets attacked, it’s all infected & your multiple points of revival are lost in one fell swoop.

Whereas if you’ve got a copy offsite, you will still have a recovery point to restore your essential systems and retrieve all your data should all else fail.


Why follow the 3-2-1 rule?

Given the upsurge in Cyber-attacks, with Ransomware striking businesses left, right and centre, I can’t see any reason you wouldn’t want to back up your data.

With people often miscalculating the likelihood of having a natural disaster, suffering from accidental deletion or corruption, or even the victim of a hacker. The stakes have never been so high, with your business on the line, backup is necessary to protect livelihoods.

When applying the 3-2-1 rule, don’t forget to use a vigorous trusted solution, which is where we come in.


We’re Cloudscape.

We believe you should have the best backup solutions for your business.

We’ll get to know your business and determine the most appropriate solution to meet your technical requirements while being commercially sensible in cost and productive with time.

If you feel that your data isn’t being backed up correctly, please get in touch.