Why Data Backup is Important for Your Business
Risks to Business Data Are Everywhere
Reports of malicious software and hackers are everywhere these days.
These types of threats do pose significant risks for businesses. They are also certainly not the only ones out there.
We will cover some of the things that threaten your business data and put it at risk on a daily basis.
Hackers, Viruses, and Ransomware
As noted above, cyber-attacks are wreaking havoc for businesses everywhere.
While hackers and ransomware outbreaks are certainly causing damage and making headlines, old-school malware, spyware, and old-fashioned viruses continue to be the leading reasons for system breaches and data loss. With these types of threats, it is not a matter of when your business will become a victim; it’s just a question of when. Anti-malware and anti-virus software can help.
Still, even with updated security software, most businesses remain exposed to the threat of data loss due to hackers, malware, and ransomware.
With all the reports of cyber-attacks, hackers, and malware in the news these days, it is easy to overlook some of the more conventional physical threats your data faces every day.
A fire, flood, or another type of natural disaster can wipe out all the data in your location and make recovery virtually impossible.
If you don’t have multiple backups available, the simple theft of a hard drive or storage device could easily result in significant data loss.
If that’s not enough, you should never take for granted the very real possibility of hard drive failures and other another types of hardware mishaps.
Protecting Business Data: Backup Basics
Simply put, a data backup is just a copy of files from your computer or device.
As illustrated with the numerous threats described above, keeping a backup of your important business files and data is essential.
Virtually all computer and technology experts will tell you that any backup is better.
Nevertheless, not all backup devices and technologies are the same; nor do they all offer the same levels of protection.
Consequently it is best to safeguard your data using what we call the 3-2-1 rule. Put simply, the 3-2-1 rule states that you should:
- Keep at least three (3) copies of your data
- Store the data in at least two (2) different formats
- Keep one (1) copy offsite to protect
To give you an idea of available options that can help you implement the 3-2-1 rule, let’s take a look at some of the most common methods businesses use to back up data.