Cyber-attacks are wreaking havoc for businesses around the world. While hackers & ransomware outbreaks are making headlines and certainly causing damage, old-school malware, spyware, and old-fashioned viruses continue to be one of the leading reasons for system breaches and data loss. For this type of threat, it is not a matter of if your business will become a victim; it’s just a question of when. Even with updated security software, most businesses still remain exposed to the threat of data loss due to hackers, malware, and ransomware.
Data is an essential aspect of running your business, regardless of how large or how small it may be. Many businesses rely on online data backup for data protection to ensure that their valuable information is secure from theft, damage, or the effects of a disaster. The loss of business data can also mean a loss of significant money and time; thus, regular backups are essential to securing your company’s network. In fact, regular backups may arguably be the single most important step you take for preventing a network disaster.
Backups help to ensure, regardless of your current security strategy, that you have secure and clean data to keep your business running in the case of data loss, hacking attacks or natural disasters. Without timely and effective backup solutions, businesses risk the loss of their credibility and the potential to face legal action if valuable consumer or staff information is lost. If you are responsible for storing data regarding your customers and/or staff members, it is important that your security system is enhanced and your confidential data has the best protection possible.
An online backup service can be beneficial for small businesses because it allows you to gain access to your data without restrictions on time or location. These flexible online backup solutions are more cost-effective than physical backup options because they can spare you from the high costs associated with IT resources–such as hard drives used for data storage and protection.
Several copies of data are capable of being safely stored in different locations to give assurance that all of your information is protected. If you happen to rely on conventional IT storage methods in only one location, you are also risking the loss of your company’s important data without the ability to recover it elsewhere.
Growing businesses can gain a lot from database backups that have the capability of holding the specific amount of data they need to store. If your resources are limited, you do not need to compromise on the quality of database backup systems that you use. Online backup systems, like the many cloud storage options available, can provide extra security for calamities. Cloud storage services provide various features such as automated backups and comprehensive file management to enhance storage & backup without manual effort being required. Cloud backups are your safeguard and an essential part of any smart backup strategy. They help to ensure that you will be able to restore your data off-site immediately if your business suffers a natural disaster.
Factors like strengthened encryption and passwords are critical for securing and backing up data. Backup data should be encrypted when in transit to prevent any hackers from obtaining personal information. The possibility of virus attacks, power surges or malfunctions can be detrimental for both your data and your business as a whole.
Do you always have the ability to instantly recover your data if disaster strikes? Businesses should constantly be prepared for a major catastrophe with frequent back-ups and knowledge on how to restore their data with ease. Ideally, a data backup system should be easy to implement and simple enough to use for retrieval of data, but a smart encryption plan is key to overall data protection across your network.
The 3-2-1 Strategy: Although there are different backup strategies, the 3-2-1 strategy is highly effective. It involves three backups located in two locations, such as on-premise and cloud storage locations, and a backup at least once a day for maximum protection.
Testing Backups: Imagine restoring your network with a backup that has data corruption problems or other issues. It’s important that you work with a provider who examines and tests the integrity of backups. A backup report can let you know if any files failed to transfer or if any corruptions occurred.
Support: If your network goes down or you experience data loss, your business should have a reliable partner for sound professional advice and IT support. This will allow you to forget the distractions and focus on your business.
Is your data protected? ECS + My IT has what you need to ensure the safety of your customer and company data. We follow the industry’s best standards when installing and maintaining file storage devices and remote backup solutions, keeping business data both available and encrypted from prying eyes. Rest easy knowing your business is secure!
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