In information technology, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying or archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original following a data loss event. Keeping a backup of your important business files and data is essential for several important reasons.
The increase in ransomware attacks and high-profile data breaches over the last few years has reinforced the importance of data security and with businesses depending more and more on data in the 21st century, it has never been more important to protect your data.
Why do I need to implement a backup solution?
Many large companies have backup solutions already in plan. But even the most tech savvy and reputable companies are not immune to the woes of backup failures. But for the smaller enterprises or individuals, the issue of backup should not be taken lightly.
If you run any kind of operation digitally and rely on this data, you should always keep a copy of your latest work or records. And this should be in addition to local backups kept on your on-premise drives.
As much as hardware reliability has improved throughout the years, hard drives, USB sticks and SD cards are still susceptible to failure. Once they do, the costs of professional data recovery could be very costly (if at all possible).
While you can’t predict when data loss will happen, you can make sure your business takes the necessary steps to protect its data and has the right solutions to get things back to normal if something were to happen.
Below outlines some of the reasons why your business needs to perform backups or should look to implement a disaster recovery system.
Cyber attacks are constantly evolving
Cyber attacks aren’t going away, in fact, they are increasing dramatically in size year on year. Ransomware is not a new threat, but it is one that is becoming more prevalent and malicious. Cyberattacks usually target sensitive business information stored in the cloud or on-premises. Backing up your business data could not only save your business money it could be the difference between surviving a cyber attack or going out of business.
Lost data can damage your brand’s reputation
How would your business fare if you lost all the data related to your work or your customers?
Imagine having to inform your customers of a data breach, they more than likely are not going to take it well. Having a poor reputation will likely lose you customers and may impact your organisations productivity as new employees may hesitate to join your company.
Insider threats are often unseen
You never know whether one of your employees will pose a threat to your business’ data. A disgruntled employee could easily steal or erase business-critical data if you don’t have proper security controls in place. This could cause havoc if the data isn’t backed up.
Natural disasters may halt a business in an instant
Although data can be lost in various ways, it’s important not to underestimate the occurrence of catastrophic natural disasters. Regardless of your business’ size, it’s important to prepare for the likes of storms, earthquakes, fires, and any other natural disaster that may cause your servers or data centres to shut down.
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