In today’s digital world, protecting your data with regular backups is easy and economical, and critical to your business survival.
More than 40 years after the invention of the personal computer, it is astounding that we still need World Backup Day. This year’s event, which takes place on March 31st, the day before April Fool’s Day, ‘is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups.’ Here’s the key takeaway: You need to regularly back up your data because the chances of losing some or all of that data are high, and getting higher.
We live in an increasingly 24x365 connected world where massive amounts of personal and professional data need to be captured, distributed, massaged, and stored. With the growing use of cloud, mobility, devices, social media, and the Internet of Things, data creation and consumption is skyrocketing, but the very things which accelerate this data deluge also threaten the protection and retention of that data.
In this digital world it is so very easy to lose or damage your data. Causes of data loss include natural disasters, as well as: Device loss; accidental deletion or mislabeling; hardware and software failures; obsolete file formats; data theft (breaches); and, malware, viruses and ransomware. The two biggest culprits are hardware failures (40%) and human error (29%).
Losing personal data can be upsetting; losing business data can be fatal:
There are a variety of backup types, local and remote (i.e. cloud or offsite):
Each type of backup has its strengths and weaknesses and needs to be matched with your needs. Key considerations for selecting a backup vendor, solution, and/or service include:
AVG Backup and Disaster Recovery ensures your business data is protected against the unexpected. Our cloud-based backup and disaster recovery protection gives you the ability to go back in time and restore clean versions of files prior to a ransomware infection.
Much like cybersecurity, backing up your data on an ongoing basis is part of the cost of doing business. Increasingly, businesses are looking to the cloud for flexible and affordable backup and recovery: 89% of IT leaders are planning to implement more cloud-based disaster recovery in the next year. Regardless of how you do it, backing up your data makes sense, and World Backup Day is a good time to start.
Regular reports from your cybersecurity service provider can confirm the value of the service, as well as identify issues and opportunities to be addressed.
Having detected the penetration of your cybersecurity perimeter, the next step is to resolve the problem and get back into normal operations quickly.