Simple Security Steps - Immutable Backups

March 17, 2023

It can seem overwhelming when considering how to secure your IT and your business. There are a number of simple yet effective adjustments you can make. Today, let's talk about immutable backups.

What are immutable backups?

Immutable backups are backups that cannot be modified or altered in any way once they have been created. In other words, once data is written to an immutable backup, it cannot be changed or deleted, ensuring the integrity of the backup.

This is typically achieved through the use of technologies like Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) storage or blockchain-based storage solutions. With WORM storage, data can only be written to the storage medium once, after which it becomes read-only. With blockchain-based storage, data is stored in a decentralized, distributed ledger that is resistant to tampering or alteration.

While immutable backups are useful in situations where data must be kept for a long period of time for regulatory or legal reasons, they are particularly useful for security and business continuity planning. By ensuring the integrity of the backup, organizations can be sure that the data is preserved exactly as it was at the time of the backup, without any changes or modifications.

How do they help with business continuity?

Immutable backups are an important component of a business continuity strategy because they can help ensure that critical data is protected and available in the event of a disaster or other disruption. Here are a few ways in which immutable backups can be beneficial for your business continuity:

  1. Protection against data loss: Immutable backups can help protect against data loss by providing a secure and reliable copy of critical data that can be restored in the event of a disaster or other incident. Because the backup is immutable, it is not susceptible to accidental or intentional deletion, corruption, or modification.

  2. Compliance: Many industries and organizations are subject to regulatory requirements that mandate the retention of certain types of data for a specific period of time. Immutable backups can help ensure compliance with these requirements by providing a tamper-proof, auditable record of the data.

  3. Faster recovery times: Because immutable backups are typically stored in a separate location from the primary data, they can help facilitate faster recovery times in the event of a disaster or disruption. This is because the backup can be accessed and restored without the need to rebuild the primary data infrastructure.

Immutable backups can be an important tool for ensuring that critical data is protected and available in the event of a disruption, and can help support business continuity efforts. ABM uses the latest technology and our partnerships with industry leaders to help businesses secure their data and take advantage if immutable backups. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.