Browse Definitions :
Definition

backup and recovery testing

A backup and recovery test is the process of assessing the effectiveness of an organization’s software and methods of replicating data for security and its ability to reliably retrieve that data should the need arise.  

Backup and recovery testing is an essential part of a disaster recovery plan. Backup of mission critical data is generally taken seriously in business. However, it is not uncommon for testing to uncover problems in software or processes that could lead to serious loss of data.

It’s crucial to test disaster recovery and individual file recovery abilities. Without actually testing the backup software and systems thoroughly, you’re making an unwarranted assumption that backup and recovery will work not only during normal operations but when unforeseen events pose challenges. Insufficient testing leaves the organization vulnerable to data loss, downtime and redundancy of effort.

Most large companies test disaster recovery plans yearly as per recommended best practices. Due to possible effects from updates to hardware on the machines to be restored to or the hardware, firmware or software on the backup system, it is important to retest when changes are made.

This was last updated in October 2014

Continue Reading About backup and recovery testing

SearchCompliance
  • ISO 31000 Risk Management

    The ISO 31000 Risk Management framework is an international standard that provides businesses with guidelines and principles for ...

  • pure risk

    Pure risk refers to risks that are beyond human control and result in a loss or no loss with no possibility of financial gain.

  • risk reporting

    Risk reporting is a method of identifying risks tied to or potentially impacting an organization's business processes.

SearchSecurity
  • What is cyber hygiene and why is it important?

    Cyber hygiene, or cybersecurity hygiene, is a set of practices individuals and organizations perform regularly to maintain the ...

  • Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)

    Pretty Good Privacy or PGP was a popular program used to encrypt and decrypt email over the internet, as well as authenticate ...

  • email security

    Email security is the process of ensuring the availability, integrity and authenticity of email communications by protecting ...

SearchHealthIT
SearchDisasterRecovery
  • What is risk mitigation?

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • fault-tolerant

    Fault-tolerant technology is a capability of a computer system, electronic system or network to deliver uninterrupted service, ...

  • synchronous replication

    Synchronous replication is the process of copying data over a storage area network, local area network or wide area network so ...

SearchStorage
  • information lifecycle management (ILM)

    Information lifecycle management (ILM) is a comprehensive approach to managing an organization's data and associated metadata, ...

  • WORM (write once, read many)

    In computer media, write once, read many, or WORM, is a data storage technology that allows data to be written to a storage ...

  • direct access

    In computer storage, direct access is the process of reading and writing data on a storage device by going directly to where the ...

Close