2024 World Backup Day: NITDA urges Nigerians to backup data

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has advised Nigerians to prioritise data backup to avoid loss of information.

The Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations of the agency, Hadiza Umar, gave this advice in an advisory to celebrate World Backup Day.

Umar said data backup was the practice of copying information from a primary to a secondary location, to protect it in case of a disaster, accident, or malicious action.’

According to her, “The act of data backup is when you create a copy of your important information, store it in a secure and separate location, and recognise the backup as a restoration method.

“Your data is more valuable than your device. Remember a backup strategy isn’t
something to focus on just one day of the year.

“It should be part of your cyber hygiene and by backing up your data, you are already one step ahead of any cyber threat that might cause data loss,” she said.

Umar added the rules of backup include keeping at least three copies of your data, maintaining the copies on two different storage media and storing one copy offsite or in the cloud.

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