Reflecting on the Aftermath of World Backup Day

April 30, 2019
Mat Showers

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Mat Showers

Global Best Practice Manager - Technology Services at SoftwareONE | Linkedin

Ignore data backup at your peril. World Backup Day was March 31, and, while it deserves more than one day of our attention, one day is certainly a start. In this blog we’ll take a look at the impact data backup (of the lack thereof) has on businesses.

Protecting data is a 365 days a year job. In a world where data is an organization’s most valuable asset, data backup is the insurance policy every company needs to protect against lost intellectual property and revenue. Data loss is most commonly associated with cybercrime.

The failure to effectively and securely protect data can lead to the corruption or loss of information needed for organizations to make critical business decisions. All these reasons are why it is so important to raise awareness of the importance of data backup. And, while it deserves more than one day of our attention, one day is certainly a start.

Cybercriminals typically attack businesses with the intent of stealing data to then sell on the dark web, use to commit fraud, or hold for ransom. But, by consistently backing up data, organizations can minimize the risks posed by ransomware and other cyberattacks as they are able to restore systems with data they know has not been compromised.

The Four Backup Rules

Here are four backup  considerations that can help protect organizations from these threats and allow their data backup processes to flow smoothly:

  • Plan for future growth: Businesses across the board are habitually behind on data expansion needs, leading to higher chances of exposure. When transitioning data storage to the cloud, organizations should have a strong understanding of where their data is currently stored and where it is moving to, who within the organization has authorized access, and if it is recoverable.
  • Limit risk: The price of a data breach can very quickly exceed the cost of an effective data backup system, and can even put entire businesses at risk. When data is compromised productivity degrades, along with the integrity and intellectual property of the business. Enterprise class backup tools are the only way to provide large volume data recovery.
  • Create business continuity for all data: Whether it’s on-premise or multi-cloud, universal data protection is necessary to protect data where it resides. Creating data audit trails is one example of how to ensure all cloud data is properly backed up and compatible with an organization’s backup style. Data audit trails track who created a copy, where it was accessed and for how long, offering complete control and tracking capabilities on the most important information.
  • Adopt an integrated approach: Select a backup system that creates a cohesive and centralized backup style. Legacy systems are unable to protect cloud data and can cause unforeseen problems that ultimately slow down vital business processes.
  • The lesson is clear – backup before you run the risk of losing it all. Take the time to ensure your organization is prepared for future growth, understands the risks of not having a backup system, protects all its data, and has an integrated approach to data security.

    To learn more about these four tips read my recent post in Disaster Recovery Journal here. SoftwareONE also has a number of resources to read if you’re interested in learning more.

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