Christmas Day. Hallowe’en. Easter Sunday. National “Talk Like a Pirate” Day… There are some national holidays that we just wish were a little more… regular.
This week, we’re once again championing World Backup Day, a global initiative encouraging everyone - from individuals to big businesses - to backup their data. In our always-online world, it’s a much-appreciated and critical reminder.
Still, we can’t help but lament that it comes but once a year. According to the World Backup Day website;
- 30% of people have never backed up their data,
- 1 in 10 computers is infected with viruses every month, and
- 29% of all data disasters are caused by simple accident.
With stats like these, the world might well need far more regular reminders.
As we’ve learned from recent high profile victims such as the Bank of Valetta, Norsk Hydro , Marriott International and our own Police Federation of England and Wales, any company, of any size or status, can be the victim of a cyber-attack – and without adequate backups in place, recovery can become a major logistical and financial nightmare.
Yet it’s not only Malware, Ransomware, Phishing, Spear Phishing, DDoS or any other digital attack that compromises your data - it’s hardware failure too, meaning off-site or external backups are also imperative. It’s not only business who are the victims, either. Hardware failures, data theft or simply losing your device can mean your precious memories or personal data can be gone in an instant if you haven’t backed them up.
As somebody who dropped their phone in a swimming pool one summer, this particular Mirus employee learned their lesson in regular backups the hard way.
The good news is that we’re now more equipped than ever to combat data loss. External hard drives can now carry up to 16TB of data, and cloud services keep your data stored online – with no hardware or storage space required.
As no single service is better than the other, we recommend a combination of physical storage and cloud storage. That way, if one is compromised then the other remains untouched. It also means, if the worst were to happen, that you’ve several methods of clawing that data back.
Our most important advice is to backup regularly – not just every 31st of March. With the advent of smart phones and cloud/remote working for business, we’re creating all-new data every day, every hour, every second – so better to keep it always than lose a year of our virtual lives.
How much of your data is truly secure? If you lost it today, could you retrieve it tomorrow?
Our Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions mean it’s never been quicker to get up and running if your systems bite the dust. For award-winning service and unbeatable business continuity, get in touch today.