Business Continuity

The One Thing You Should Never Cut Corners With When It Comes to IT

By February 12, 2014 No Comments

There is one thing that should hold the utmost importance in your organization’s IT spending and strategy, but it’s often put on the backburner. We bring up this topic so often that we feel like a broken record. Yet, day after day, we encounter businesses who ignore our advice and end up paying a hefty price.

What is this “one thing” and why do so many choose to turn a blind eye? The answer is data backups. Now, before you start yawning and move on to the next article, I encourage you to keep reading. You’ll be glad you did.

Of course, we all know in the back of our minds that backups are important, but in the “real-time” era, our businesses have become programmed to prioritize those items that need to be addressed right now, rather than something that might or might not happen later on down the road. Besides, planning for disaster recovery is akin to planning your own funeral. Just the thought of either scenario might make you feel squeamish and uncomfortable. It’s nothing you want to spend time thinking about, but denial won’t prevent either one from happening.

Is a data disaster inevitable?

Unfortunately, it’s more likely to happen to you than not. Malware is getting more and more sophisticated. Just this week we’ve seen two new threats unlike anything we’ve seen before. One, called Linkup, hijacks your Internet connection and will only return your access until you pay a “fine” by submitting your credit card information. (Of course, you should never submit your credit card information when you encounter a threat like this.)

The other threat, called GameOver, is a type of phishing (malicious email) attack that is smart enough to bypass most spam filters. That’s because this threat uses a new file type that goes undetected by most firewalls and spam filters. You get an email that looks like it’s from a government agency or your bank, open the attachment, and then the file infects your computer.

We work hard to find patches, fixes and preventions for these new threats, but sometimes the only recourse we have is to wipe your hard drive and start from scratch. Without a solid backup system in place, your data will be gone forever. This might mean losing all of your kids’ photos from the past couple of years, or losing a financial database with records for hundreds of customers. Either way, you’re facing a devastating, irreplaceable loss that could have been prevented.

How much does data loss cost?

This handy calculator will show you:

  • The likelihood that your company will experience a data breach in the next 12 months.
  • The cost per record in the event of a data breach at your Company.
  • The cost of a data breach at your company.

How to prevent data loss

  • Have a plan. Know how you and your business will react in the event of a data breach.
  • Use a cloud-based backup system. 100% of tape backups and hard-drives fail at some point. With cloud-based backups, your data is safe from fire, floods, storms, viruses, hackers, hardware malfunctions and human error. We can even take image level backups of your data (basically, a snapshot of your entire computer including the operating system, files, and applications).
  • Whatever you do, do something. Don’t leave data backups to chance. Whether you use one of our solutions or you opt for another online backup service, be proactive about protecting your data.

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