Despite their importance, it’s all too easy to take our Backup Solutions for granted. After years of SD card losses and digital photo corruptions, most smart phone manufacturers saw fit to include Cloud saves as standard for all our smart devices. In doing so, our every precious file was saved forever, liberated from the plight of hardware failures and lost devices.
Perhaps it’s the silent and pervasive nature of most modern backup solutions that make them so easy to forget. It could explain why a staggering number of organisations are ignoring the importance of data Backups for their business:
53% of businesses suffered severe impacts to their business operations as a result of data breaches last year, while 700,000 admitted to having no backup solutions in place at all.
That means these companies have no way to retrieve their lost data, or continue their everyday business operations, in the face of a major tech disaster.
The options for data backup have elaborated over the years, while few, if any, have ever become truly obsolete. Whilst it wouldn’t be advisable to simply copy your company’s data to USB drives or removable hard disks, the fact that they exist as a third or even fourth option means your backups aren’t all relegated to one place or option. Alternatives such as off-site and cloud solutions mean your data can be secured away from the source of any breaches, incidents or damages.
But data backups don’t just ensure that important data isn’t lost forever – they enable your business to continue running even as reparations are in progress. This protects you from far more than targeted data breaches, as your data is also vulnerable to hardware failures, physical damage or even catastrophes like fires or floods. With a Data Backup Solution you’ll protect much more than your cyber security solutions can manage on their own.
For many businesses, the ability to instantly retain that lost data could be lifesaving. A recruitment agency, handling countless streams of data on companies, employees and applicants, would be frozen in its tracks by a data disaster. A backup solution would ensure those accounts were recovered and that the business could continue operations.
But it’s not only continuity concerns that your backup solution addresses – it’s regulatory ones too. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), introduced in 2018, mean companies are more responsible than ever for the safekeeping of personal data. As part of these regulations, any data breaches need reporting to the Information Commissioner’s Office within a 72-hour timeframe.
While this doesn’t make data backups a legal requirement, having them certainly helps with your legal response. You’ll need to detail the customers affected, the nature of the information compromised, the expected losses and any suspected security gaps. Being able to retrieve this data if it’s either stolen or corrupted could make your report much easier to compile.
Ultimately, your data backup solution should be just as much a part of your setup as the renowned Firewalls and Anti-Viruses. It offers far more than just recovery from threats, keeping lost work salvageable, businesses running smoothly, and your files all readily available.
Prepare Your Business for Disasters
A Data Recovery plan might also be right for your business, backing up not only your data but your entire work environment. Find out which Data Backup or Disaster Recovery Solution is right for your business in our eBook, Data Backup and Disaster Recovery - Preparing your Business for Data Disasters.