Back-up: why protecting data is a must

A lock and cloud illustrating data back-up

Back-up solutions could be the difference between smoothly riding out trouble or your business grinding to a halt, writes David Trossell of Bridgeworks

Almost 30 per cent of people have never troubled to back up their data. Some 2,000 phones are lost or stolen every minute and 10 per cent of computers are infected with viruses each month. Securing your business and personal data has never been more important.

Back-up complacency

Despite this, most organisations still tend to leave their back doors open to thieves and technical or natural disasters such as floods.

World Backup Day, which takes place annually on 31 March, is about business and service continuity, about you as directors making sure you take regular action to forestall problems that could prevent your business grinding to a halt.

Think about it: you insure your company from many other risks, why would you not insure it against failure by backing up your data? It is after all the oil that fuels most organisations.

At a very basic level, all directors, including your MD, should back up all their data, personal and corporate, using a variety of cloud services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive. It’s often a good idea to get back-up solutions on more than one service to be sure work can continue unabated even if disaster strikes.

At an enterprise level think about where your datacentres are located. Having just one private or outsourced datacentre isn’t enough; you need two, minimum, and they shouldn’t be located in the same circle of disruption – an area where a disaster could strike all of them together. There is a saying that if your data is not in three places, it isn’t anywhere.

New threat: Ransomware

Among Forbes’s Top Ten Concerns for 2016 are costs, IoT, agility, time to market and the perennial problem of increasing data volumes and where to store it. Two hospitals in the US – one in Hollywood, LA, the other in Henderson, Kentucky – experienced ransomware attacks earlier this year.

Hackers scrambled their files and demanded money to unscramble them – the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid $11,900 to get them back, the Methodist Hospital in Henderson refused, informing the FBI instead.

Traditional malware and viruses still pose a significant threat, but those who create it are constantly changing tactics, developing new ways to damage, steal or prevent access to data records. Directors should, therefore, prepare their organisations to meet the growing security challenges by backing up their data and by making sure it remains secure.

They should invest in tools that enable data to be rapidly restored too – time is critical and, with the right solutions in place, reputations, customer relationships, time and money can be saved.

About author

David Trossell

David Trossell

David Trossell is the CEO and chief technical oficer of data acceleration and back-up solutions company Bridgeworks.

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