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Enterprise resilience: Backup and management tips for iOS, Mac

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Apple’s solutions are seeing increasing use across the enterprise, but do you have a business resilience strategy in place in case things go wrong?

If you’re one of the estimated 73% of SMBs that have not yet made such preparation, now might be a good time to start.

Your data is your business

It’s challenging enough when a consumer user suffers data loss as precious memories and valuable information go up in the digital smoke. Natural disasters, technology and infrastructure problems or human-made problems such as burglary, cyberattacks or civil unrest can all impact the sanctity of your systems, whatever platform you use. It matters because in today’s connected world, your data is your business.

One way to approach business resilience is to adopt a mind-set in which you think about what happens if every piece of hardware your business uses fails at once.

While this might seem extreme, fire, flood or successful cyberattacks all threaten damage to your systems. And while the iPhones in your fleet may be left untouched, your internally hosted servers and on-site Macs and other equipment could suffer.

How do you protect yourself?

One part of the response is to put together and follow a data backup policy, but even if you do (and many do not), how robust is your protection? Do you have first line, second line, online and offline backups? Do you have a remote backup system in place? Do you use a password management system – and if you do are all the relevant master passwords held securely off-site?

[Also read: Enterprise resilience: iOS, Mac tools for remote collaboration]

It’s also important to develop a backup and recovery policy that companies and employees can easily maintain, including the use of cloud-based services.

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