Why It's So Important For a Business to Backup Data

by Robert Best on March 31, 2017
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Happy World Backup Day! Didn't you hear? March 31st has been declared World Backup Day but before you rush out to buy presents and decorations there is something important you need to do first. Find out how your business backs up data.

Why is it important to backup data?

Each year 1.8 zettabytes of data are created. That is 1,000,000,000,000GB, in other words a lot of data! Yet as many as 30% of people don't back up their data. If anything was to happen to the device the data is on it would be lost forever.

It's even more important for a business to backup data

Data is life blood to companies. For small and medium businesses, a loss of data could very well mean the end of the business. Data is at greater risk than ever and I'm not talking about your hard drive failing. New analysis from Beaning shows on average 230,000 cyber attacks on UK businesses in 2016. That's the point of World Backup Day, to get people thinking about data backup.

My business already backs up our data

That's excellent to hear but there is still more you might need to do Backing up your data is just the start of a viable business continuity plan. Have you tested that backup, and if so how recently? Updates in technology may mean it needs updating or you might need to backup more data then you can store.

What are my backup options?

You have two types of back up you can choose from. Onsite backup vs cloud based online backup. The best choice is dependent on your business needs and how much you can spend. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from having both and having super peace of mind.

Beyond backup

As we've seen backing up your data is extremely important. It's also just as important to have a system in place for disaster recovery. You can find out more about disaster recovery here.

Don't forget World Backup Day!

Don't forget to make a note to remember World Backup Day next year so you won't have to scramble around for presents again! Remember backing up your data is very important and for a business it could be the difference between success and failure. Let me leave you with these thoughts from Ismail Jadun the founder of World Backup Day.

"We all know someone who has lost critical data, whether it was their videos, photos, music, book reports, or personal stuff.  Hopefully this day will make everyone think about their situation, learn about the various options and get their files backed up.  I hope that World Backup Day sparks conversations about the enormous task of saving our digital heritage for future generations."

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