University Policies

Data Backup and Archival Policy

Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services

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

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