University Policies

Data Backup and Archival Policy

Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services


Purpose:
To define the University's policy regarding data backup and archival

Statement:
All data that resides on centrally maintained WSU servers will be backed up and archived on a regularly scheduled basis.

Data backup cycle:

**A full backup is completed each Saturday evening, midnight
 
**Daily incremental backups are completed each Sunday through Friday

**Daily backups are kept for 15 days

**At the end of each month, a full backup is retained for twelve months

**At the end of each year, a full backup is retained for two years

Additional Information:
**Starting September 1, 2008, primary backup will be directed to the University's secondary data center in a drive-based format as outlined in the scheduled defined above.

**Secondary backups will be directed to removable media as outlines in the schedule defined above. Secondary backups will be stored in a safe located on campus proximate to the secondary data center.

**Tertiary backups will be directed to removable media on a monthly basis.

**On a monthly basis, an audit will be performed on secondary and tertiary backup media

**Any exceptions to the backup schedule and processes outlined above will be recorded in a central backup exception log.

**Backup processes logs will be examined each working day.

**Logs will be kept at both the removable media backup device and the tape safe to track location of removal media

**Under no circumstance shall removal media be left unsecured and unattended
2007-05-22
2012-03-21