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Data Backup and Archival Policy

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.

 

 

 

Description:

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
 

 

 

Approved By: Managers and CIO

 

Date of Origination: 5/22/2007

 

Date of Review:  3/21/2012

 

Last modified at 3/21/2012 12:11 PM  by Ramsdell, Nancy