Modern businesses rely on their data and infrastructure to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. Yet data can be lost, compromised, or encrypted and held for ransom. To ensure a quick recovery, it’s crucial to keep a backup in a safe place where it’s easily accessible. Unfortunately, all backup systems are not the same. There are several prevailing misconceptions that are actively undermining businesses developing their data backup plans.
Our Business is Too Small to Need It
Okay— maybe if you sell produce on the side of the road you don’t need data backups. However, if your business involves data in any way, then you need to be taking data backup seriously. Sure, if you’re a small business, you don’t need to invest into an enterprise solution; yet, with the right partner, you can get enterprise grade protection at a price that’s affordable for small businesses.
Whatever you do, don’t operate under the assumption that you’re too small to feel the impact of a major data loss.
We Have Backups, We’ll Be Fine in the Event of Disaster!
Remember, backups are only the first half of the Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery (BCDR) process. Even though you may have a backup, it doesn’t guarantee it will be recoverable or available within a reasonable time. Do you have a guarantee that the recovery won’t fail? Even if you can recover everything, how long will it take?
A full recovery could take a lot longer than you thought if you’re not using the right technologies.
Cloud Storage is a Blanket Solution
Of course, cloud backups can be beneficial; yet their efficiency depends on the systems and services you’re using. Consider the following questions:
- How often are files being sent to the cloud?
- How long will recovery take?
- What happens if your cloud provider went offline/
- How do you know your cloud backups haven’t been infected with the same malware that took down your on-site servers?
These are all questions to keep in mind when backing up to the cloud. Not all cloud storage solutions are the same.
Consider leveraging a hybrid backup approach that enables you to backup locally and in the cloud for greater protection.
We Don’t Need an Off-Site Backup!
If all of your data backups are located on-site, then they’re all at risk of being lost or damaged in the event of a disaster. That’s why you should have at least one backup stored in a different location, such as in the cloud or an off-site data center.
To keep your data safe from any disaster, you should follow the 3-2-1 backup rule.
- Maintain three copies of data (the original and two copies)
- Save your backups on two different types of media.
- Have at least one backup off site.
We Don’t Want to Burden Our Employees When They Could Be Focusing on Their Job
The success of your backup strategy relies heavily on the people who are implementing it, so it’s important to train your employees regularly. Otherwise, they might commit common mistakes like forgetting to back up regularly. Providing employees with proper training ensures that they thoroughly understand the strategy and what is expected of them.
Cloud Storage and Data Backups are the Same
Unfortunately, cloud storage and data backups are often confused as being the same exact service. While cloud storage is useful for freeing up additional space on your device, it isn’t suited to protect your company against widespread data loss. That being said, using data backups in the cloud can offer your business protection against ransomware, theft, employee mistakes, or natural disasters that can devastate your business.
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