Tuesday, March 30, 2021

NITDA prescribes data safety @World Backup Day'21 - ITREALMS

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) joins the public in celebrating the World Backup Day in Nigeria, reports 
ITREALMS.
The World Backup Day, ITREALMS recalls, is usually marked on March 31 each year, but originally began as World Backup Month; an initiative of a hard drive company (Maxtor), which was later acquired by Seagate Technology.


This year's event is timely because reminders of data protection are needed more than ever due to the sudden global shift to work-from-home. Furthermore, World Back-up Day aims to raise awareness concerning the role of data in our lives and consequently the importance of undertaking regular data backup.

Data backup is the process of keeping a clean second copy of any important digital content to guarantee availability; even when a computer crashes, cell phones or tablets get lost, data becomes corrupted, or gets destroyed by a virus.

With Nigeria's drive for a vibrant Digital Economy, which intends to encourage both Public and Private institutions to promote their services online, there is potential to generate a massive amount of data.

Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, Mrs Hadiza Umar, pointed out that in making a backup copy of your valuable data, could make all the difference when data loss or a compromise occurs.

NITDA, she said, encourages the public to safely store backup copies of all valuable data from servers, personal electronic devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets regularly.

Also, NITDA advised the public to adopt the following for data backup:
1. Individuals can back up data daily to an external storage device like Flash Drive, Memory Card, HardDisk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD), or Cloud Storage.

2. Follow the 3/2/1 backup rule with three copies of your data, two on different media types, and one remote copy (cloud storage).

"Be sure to backup your data regularly and encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to do the same," she said in a press statement available to 
ITREALMS.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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