Backups, Disaster Recovery & Security

Backups, Disaster Recovery & Security

Backups, Disaster Recovery and Security

Each year we respond to several questions regarding one or more of the following topics from our users. 

  1. Backup Plan
  2. Disaster Recovery Plan
  3. Computer Security Plan

An audit of some type at your organization is usually the initiator of these type question(s). We are happy to answer them.  We understand that, for the most part, these topics are not part of your day to day operations. They are critical nonetheless. We at RDA take them very seriously. 

As the Proverb explains, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken”.  In this case, for any one plan to be strong, it will involve or include the other two. 

Backups and Disaster Recovery are similar in principal yet very different in execution. Computer Security, in light of recent events with local governments (ransomware), has become even more important to you. What is important to you is important to us.

So that all may have a better understanding of the terms, below are wikipedia definitions for review. Parts of each definition do not apply to our applications. But they do give us common ground from which to have discussions. 


In information technology, a backup, or data backup is a copy of computer data taken and stored elsewhere so that it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event. The verb form, referring to the process of doing so, is “back up“, whereas the noun and adjective form is “backup“.[1] Backups can be used to recover data after its loss from data deletion or corruption, or to recover data from an earlier time.[2] Backups provide a simple form of disaster recovery; however not all backup systems are able to reconstitute a computer system or other complex configuration such as a computer cluster, active directory server, or database server.[3]

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery involves a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster. Disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems supporting critical business functions,[1] as opposed to business continuity, which involves keeping all essential aspects of a business functioning despite significant disruptive events. Disaster recovery can therefore be considered as a subset of business continuity.[2][3]

Computer Security

Computer security, cybersecurity[1] or information technology security (IT security) is the protection of computer systems from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

The field is becoming more important due to increased reliance on computer systems, the Internet[2] and wireless network standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and due to the growth of “smart” devices, including smartphones, televisions, and the various devices that constitute the “Internet of things“. Owing to its complexity, both in terms of politics and technology, cybersecurity is also one of the major challenges in the contemporary world.[3]

One constant in our world is change. Technology for good is always getting better. Regretfully, the bad guys are always learning new techniques. As stewards, we want to be diligent in our approach to both.

Over the next few articles, I will dive deeper into these topics including options that might work best for your organization. 

We are grateful that you have chosen RDA as your provider of ERP software and services.

Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

We are grateful for the many blessing bestowed upon us this year. Now is a good time to pause and consider all the ways He has blessed us. And we are especially thankful for the opportunity to serve you. Thank you!!

We wish you a very joyful and grateful Thanksgiving holiday! May our Lord continue to richly bless you and your loved ones.

The Team at RDA.

Below is RDA’s holiday schedule. We will be closed on these days.

  • Thanksgiving – Thursday & Friday, 28 & 29 Nov 2019
  • Christmas – Monday & Tuesday, 24 & 25 Dec 2019
  • New Years – Wednesday, 1 Jan 2020

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

In recognition of Labor Day, RDA’s office will be closed this Monday, September 2nd. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd.

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing Monday celebrating the opportunity to serve others.

Jesus said – “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 NASB

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

In recognition of Independence Day, RDA’s office will be closed this Thursday and Friday, July 4 & 5. Normal hours will resume on Monday, July 8th.

We wish everyone a safe and joyful day celebrating the birth of the greatest nation in the history of mankind.

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress of our 13 colonies passed a resolution of independence. This resolution, proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, declared our separation from British rule. After passing the independence resolution, Congress turned their attention to finalizing the “Declaration of Independence” document. This famous document was finalized and published on July 4, two days after the resolution.

Below is an animation showing how quickly (or slowly) the news of this Declaration spread across the colonies. Thanks to the Declaration Resource Project for this animation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!!

In this season we have much to celebrate.  Specifically, we are celebrating the birth of God’s Son, Jesus. So that if anyone confesses with their mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead, they will be saved for all eternity. Hallelujah!  What a gift! Let us celebrate this good news!

May your Christmas festivities rejoice in this most wonderful gift of all time!!!

Merry Christmas from the RDA Team!!

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Our Christmas and New Year Celebration Hours:

  • Monday December 24            Closed
  • Tuesday December 25            Closed
  • Tuesday January 1                  Closed