NITDA Tasks Nigerians on Data Backup Prioritisation

April 1, 2024
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By Adedapo Adesanya

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

This is part of efforts to celebrate World Backup Day, commemorated annually on March 31 by the digital technology industry worldwide.

The day highlights the importance of protecting data, and keeping systems and computers secure.

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

Mrs 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.

“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.

According to Mrs Umar, 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.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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