Data backups may sometimes feel like a hassle, but they are incredibly important for minimizing the impact of malicious attacks or catastrophic system failures. Let's explore some common misconceptions about data backups:
Only large organizations need data backups.
Organizations of all sizes rely on data. Small and medium-sized organizations use electronic records for accounting, customer information, and other data. A virus, ransomware attack, or even a hard drive failure could quickly make this data inaccessible. All organizations that rely on electronic data or files should do regular backups.
Data backup is a one-time event.
Through the course of their day-to-day operations, organizations routinely update existing records and create new ones. Because of this, regular backups are necessary. In the event of a catastrophe, backups can only restore data to the point it was last saved. Daily backups minimize the risk and scale of potential data loss.
Data backup is expensive.
Data backups no longer have to be costly and complex. The cloud, and purpose-built backup storage devices, now offer a wide range of affordable backup options for all budgets. Many of these options are designed to be implemented and managed by people without specialized technology skills and include built-in automation features to minimize the labour required to support regular data backups. For these reasons, organizations of all sizes can now regularly backup their data without having to commit to high upfront and ongoing costs.
Cloud backup is not secure.
The cloud is a highly secure form of computing and storage trusted by governments and organizations of all sizes. Cloud providers offer virtual hardware and the latest security technologies. Backups and other data stored on the cloud are often more secure and better protected than data stored in other environments.
External hard drives are safe.
Backing up data on local devices or hard drives is better than no backup at all. However, disasters like fires or floods can render these backups useless. Offsite backups, such as cloud backups, are considered to be a best practice for all organizations.
Data disasters are easy to overcome.
Catastrophic data loss can severely impact an organization, leading to reduced operational capacity, lost opportunities and significant costs. Quick access to data backups, as part of a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, is crucial for overcoming malicious attacks or major system failures and minimizing their impact.
Good cybersecurity is enough.
Having comprehensive and up-to-date cybersecurity is the first line of defense against malware and hackers. The leading causes of data loss due to security breaches, however, is not the failure of cybersecurity systems, it is human error. Furthermore, comprehensive security measures do not protect data against device failures or disasters such as fire. Data loss can result from a variety of issues, and backups serve as the best way to restore important data.
Implementing proper data backup strategies is vital for safeguarding your organization’s data and ensuring operational continuity should you encounter a catastrophic data loss.