World Backup Day: NITDA calls for data protection, duplication

On Wednesday, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) urged Nigerians to safeguard their data by duplicating it in secure locations to avoid loss.

In a statement released and signed in Abuja on the occasion of World Backup Day, Hadiza Umar, the agency’s Head of Cooperate Affairs and External Relations, made the call.

World Backup Day, which is observed on March 31 every year, was originally known as World Backup Month and was launched by the hard drive manufacturer Maxtor. Seagate Technology PLC, an American data storage firm, later bought Maxtor.

Umar explained that data backup was the process of keeping a clean second copy of any important digital content to guarantee availability in a situation of computer crash, missing cell phones or tablets, corrupt data, or virus infested data.

“This year’s event is timely because it is a reminder that data protection is needed more than ever due to the sudden global shift to work-from-home.

“Furthermore, World Backup Day aims to raise awareness concerning the role of data in our lives and consequently the importance of undertaking regular data backup.

“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.

“Making a backup copy of your valuable data can make all the difference when there is data loss or a compromise occurs,” Umar said.

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

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According to her, individuals can back up data daily to an external storage device like flash drive, memory card, hard disk drive, solid state drive, or cloud storage.

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

“Be sure to back-up your data regularly and encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to do the same,” she advised.

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