Data is among the most valuable business assets today, and as such, organizations cannot take chances with its backup plan.
There are a host of issues that can arise that lead to the corruption or loss of data, however, the most common act associated with data loss is cyber-crime.
Cyber-criminals have been developing sophisticated attacks with the aim of stealing data to sell on the dark web, use for fraudulent purposes, or hold for ransom. For example, ransomware attacks infect a corporate network, encrypt its data, and will not provide the decryption key until the criminals are paid a certain amount of money. This brings operations to a screeching halt, and many businesses opt to pay the ransom to minimize downtime and get back to work. Unfortunately, even when organizations do pay the ransom, their data has been in the control of cyber-criminals for a significant amount of time, making it difficult to determine if it has been tampered with or corrupted.
With a current, secure backup, organizations can minimize the risks posed by ransomware and other cyber-attacks as they are able to restore systems with data they know has not been compromised.
Aside from cyber-attacks, data can also be lost due to physical destruction – for example flooding in the facility that stores the servers, rogue or compromised admin accounts that purposefully delete data, or even human error that leads to unintentional deletions.
Regular, uniform cloud backups are the most flexible and cost-effective way to ensure data accessibility and security.