It seems unbelievable that even today there are some companies who have no plan for their data. With so many cyber-attack and breaches, it is only a matter of time before all your data is in the hands of criminals. Unsecured data is constantly available for hackers to exploit it. Companies do not care for their data and then hold their heads when something happens to it. I mean why not secure your data in the first place, there is no point of crying over spilled milk, or in this case, ‘lost’ data. The better and right way would be to secure it before something happens to it, not after.
One of the leading cause of data loss and data snatching are Cyber-Attacks. Ransomware is on the rise and more and more companies fall prey to it almost daily. Users are attracted through phishing emails and then, before they know it, their systems are locked and they are unable to gain access to their files. Afterward, a senior IT employee is informed but then it is too late, the virus has been spread and all systems and files are locked out. The only option left now is paying the ridiculously high ransom, demanded by the attackers to recover files and gain back access.
Another factor is natural disasters. They can strike at any time, at any place. There is no escaping this fact. So if all your data is unsecured and not protected then it is simply lost forever. There is no way to recover it without a DR plan in place. You can adopt backup and disaster recovery techniques to store your data in the cloud and be on the safer end from Disasters. This would result in a lot of downtimes. The average amount of downtime a company may be able to face is round about 1 hour. Anything more than that would cost them millions in the loss. Many small businesses often go out of business as they could not cope with a large amounts of downtime.
In order for a company to grow and gain the reputation it is essential that they maintain business continuity throughout the year. This cannot be achieved if there is no backup of any sort. As any sort of attack or data loss with effect productivity and will produce a large downtime, which can be easily avoided through a backup plan.
Human being is going to make mistakes, no matter how skilled a person is. No two days are the same and you cannot expect a person to perform at his or her best throughout the year. So why risk it? Ensure your data is protected so that even if accidentally an employee damages or deletes it, it will be secured at another place or drive.
So is there any way around this?
As mentioned earlier, the only way to ensure that your data is protected is to make sure that all your data is regularly backed up.
Cloud Backup; The efficient solution
Whether your data is on the cloud or on a disk. It won’t be fully secure until and unless you back it up to the cloud. Sure there is cloud storage which is encrypted and all but if you want a maximum level of protected then backing up your data regularly is the only way.
Having a DR Backup plan ensures that your data is protected against ransomware and natural disinters as your data is backed up in a remote location (most commonly, the cloud) and in the event of a disaster you can easily access it and continue operations even if your primary site is damaged. This ensure business continuity to the highest level. Similarly, in case of a ransomware attack, there is no need to pay the ransom for your files. You can simply recover all your data in a matter of minutes and get on with your day.
Conclusion No one wants that their data to be lost or fall into the wrong hands. Without securing it properly it is vulnerable to many threats. Luckily Cloud backup offers a convenient solution to the problem and is very easy to implement. StoneFly, for example, offers backup and cloud disaster recovery solutions such as DR365 & DR465V.