Organisations and individuals need to do more to protect their own and their customers’ personal data from theft. This can be done by raising greater awareness of the potential risks that we are exposed to. Ensuring that everyone knows the importance of backing up your data as part of your daily routine. And to use products and services to help keep your data safe and secure.
In simple terms, the purpose of the PoPI Act is to ensure that all South African institutions conduct themselves in a responsible manner. When collecting, processing, storing and sharing another entity’s personal information by holding them accountable. Should they abuse or compromise your personal information in any way. The PoPI legislation basically considers your personal information to be “precious goods”. And therefore aims to bestow upon you, as the owner of your personal information, certain rights of protection and the ability to exercise control over it.
Regular back-ups protect against both accidental or malicious data loss. This can be anything from hardware faults and viruses to human error or theft – as they can be used to restore original data files.
Choosing the right media and back-up procedure depends on many elements:
3 – Have at least 3 copies of your data.
In addition to your primary data, you should also have at least 2 more backups. This will help significantly reduce the risk of losing data. These could be physical and / or cloud solutions.
2 – Store the copies on at least 2 different media.
It is best practice to keep copies of your data on at least 2 different storage types. Such as internal hard disk drives AND removable storage media (tapes, external hard drives, USB drives, SD-cards, CD’s, DVD’s.)
1 – Keep at least 1 offsite backup copy.
It’s obvious really. But it’s not a good idea to keep your external storage device in the same room as your production storage. If there is a fire, flood or burglary – you would lose all of your data.
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