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Is Your Site’s Data In Danger?
2014-08-28 by  Andrew Lisa


Your website's precious data is vulnerable to external theft and attacks, as well as to internal failures.

Every competent IT department is fanatical about backing up data. But creating backups of your network configuration should be second nature, as well.

Are you doing enough to guard your business against attacks at the weak points in your network configuration?


Configuration Backup, Network Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Hardware malfunctions or improper changes to your network configuration can lead to device failure and network downtime.

While everyone on the network is twiddling their thumbs and waiting for their comatose devices to come back online, IT will be scrambling for a way to get everything back up and running.

The surest and fastest way to do that is to have a plan that allows you to remove the bad device and restore the configuration from an updated backup point.


Network Configuration as a Data Threat

It's true that backing up your network configuration enables you to establish a quick restoration point and maintain continuity through disaster recovery.

But more importantly, network configuration backup is directly related to data protection.

When "backup" is discussed, it is usually regarding creating data redundancies.

As the following article shows, “The vital role of network configuration backup in protecting your data” is discussed far less frequently - but it is equally important.


How Configuration Backup Prevents Theft, Loss of Data

Your network must be configured in a way that protects your data from both accidental leaks and intentional hacks.

Changes in network configuration can open you to risk. If a required change leaves you vulnerable, the ability to jump back to a safe backup point can buy your IT team some time to figure out what to do next without interrupting operations.

If something is configured incorrectly - such as the removal of a necessary firewall - you'll be thankful for your backup point, as well.

Studies show that around a third of companies don't back up their network configurations.

Failure to perform regular network configuration backups:

  • Makes device recovery difficult.
  • Threatens the ability to work with vendors, operate internally and work with customers.
  • Makes problems harder to detect and prevent before they occur.
  • Makes problems harder to identify and fix when they do occur.
  • Makes key configuration changes and updates easy to lose in the case of device failure.

Network configuration backup is incredibly important, but all too often overlooked.

This kind of redundancy serves two functions. It provides the security of continuity during a network failure.

But perhaps more importantly, it provides extra protection against data loss in the gaps that your network configuration leaves open to attack.

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Andrew Lisa

Andrew Lisa is a freelance tech writer. He covers Internet security and prevention of data loss.

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