How to Protect your Data on World Back Up Day
It shouldn’t take one day of the year to make us realise how important it is to back up our business’s data, but World Back Up Day reminds us to do exactly that.
Today is a day dedicated to encouraging people and companies all over the world to keep data safe and secure by backing up early and often.
With 78% of data loss and corruption caused by software or hardware malfunctions, 11% by human error, 7% by software failure, 2% by viruses and 1% by natural disasters – no matter what preventative measures you take, you simply can’t predict every eventuality. From the most robust firewall to unbeatable threat management, these will do little to protect your businesses data in the event of human error or Mother Nature and her volatile ways. This is why your ultimate data protection and security must come in the form of a backup that gives your business the best chance of recovery.
On an individual basis it is much simpler: MD of Wi-Manx Joe Hughes explains;
“A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails. Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.”
“However, when we begin to apply this to businesses, we see that the sheer amount of data and the importance of this data take back-up planning to a whole other level.
There are a lot of businesses that don’t pay attention to back-ups, until it’s too late.”
“So why is it important for every business to review their back up plans and systems?”
“Poorly designed back-up solutions or mishandled information puts businesses at risk. The obvious answer is that without a back-up system, should your on-site systems fail you have the potential to lose all of your information since your company’s beginnings. How would the loss of customer information, projects, accounting information, or sales and marketing collateral affect your company? For many, it could be impossible to recover.”
Backing up company data is now becoming more important than ever, as we create more and more information every day. In fact, every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilisation up until 2003.
“Backing up your data in a resilient and secure environment, preferably off-site, also protects your data from viruses, theft, hardware failure, accidental deletion and any physical on site disaster such as fire or floods.”
But what can businesses do on World Back Up Day?
“We want to urge businesses to use this day to take a quick look at their back up procedures and systems and also to just undertake some key research into back-up solutions on the market. Data storage solutions are changing every day so it is important for IT managers to keep ahead of the curve.”
“In 2014 they will be under pressure to protect and secure data in resilient environments that guarantees virtually no downtime. The need for reliable and instant disaster recovery and business continuity solutions that promise 99.99% up time will continue to drive businesses to reconsider their data storage options over the next 12 months, and subsequently invest in virtualisation.
“Virtualisation, in the computing sense, involves creating virtual versions of resources such as operating systems and computer storage. Many businesses are now using cloud storage and back-up solutions to limit the amount of hardware on site and keep cost management under control.“
For more information on back-up solutions, or for a free review of your back up procedures, contact Joe Hughes at Wi-Manx today on 01624 641188.