Who’s watching your network – Part 3 Data Backup & Business Continuity

While you’re enjoying summer break, who’s watching your network? Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you’re free from security breaches, system errors, and more. Read our six-part series to learn how you can ensure your data is safe while you and your employees take time off from your business.

Does your business have proper data backup policies in place? Infrequent tape backup and other traditional methods are becoming outdated and are no longer secure enough to keep your system protected. Secure copies of your important business data act as your last line of defense against attacks and massive data loss. Even if you have some type of backup system in place, it likely is not robust enough to support your business in the event of an emergency. In addition to data backups, it’s recommended that all enterprises have a business continuity solution.

Managed business continuity and disaster recovery services can alleviate the pressure business owners face in identifying the best cloud strategy for their needs as well as making sure they are following all required regulations. A dedicated team helps by conducting research to identify the best hardware and software solutions, as well as executing all of the technical components needed for continuity. These managed services allow businesses to focus on their own goals and not worry about IT.

Businesses need a dedicated team and system to keep data constantly backed up and stored properly. This can take a lot of time, both in updating the backups and finding the right storage solution. No in-house team can work 24/7, which is why managed backup and continuity services are a necessity.

Even if you are diligent with backups, accidents happen, and data loss is unfortunately a common occurrence for businesses of all sizes. These errors occur due to a variety of circumstances, including human error, server failure, and network outages. Maintaining the right system to prepare for these incidents can mean the difference between keeping your business in operation, and costly downtime.

Data loss is not the only thing businesses need to be worried about. These disasters can put more than just data at risk, especially if there is no business continuity solution in place. A security incident can cause a chain reaction with your data, impacting productivity, profitability, and your ability to serve customers.

If you’re relying on tape backups, you may want to find another solution. Unfortunately, over 50% of tape backups fail, leaving over 50% of businesses who count on these backups left with nothing when the worst occurs. Tape backups are particularly vulnerable because they are stored in a single location. If something happens to that storage site, nothing can be done for the data.

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