Chris Petty of Teesside-based business IT experts Cornerstone Business Solutions spells out why businesses should ensure they are safely backing up in their data.
In the world of IT, all we seem to hear about recently is GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which may or may not take effect in the UK on May 25 – depending on Brexit and what happens there.
Another subject that we still need to be wary off is the issue of viruses and spam despite the fact it’s a problem that’s fallen out of the media headlines since a string of large businesses and banks were hit some months back.
Those two issues fall nicely into a call I got the other day from a customer who told me that their insurance company had requested that they have an offsite back-up in place for their data and a disaster recovery plan.
I talked in a previous column about the benefits of having an offsite back-up and disaster recovery plan – and this now comes to the forefront once again.
It will obviously help towards being compliant with the GDPR and clearly, if you’re struck by a virus and need to perform a back-up, it covers this area as well.
When I talked about it last time backing up your data offsite to a secure location was still relatively expensive but, as with everything new, increasing numbers of people are using this service, with the knock-on effect of the cost being reduced to far more affordable levels.
Here are some brief facts:
Data is the lifeblood of your business. If it’s lost, interrupted, compromised or destroyed, you go down with it.
You should now be seriously considering the idea of putting your data offsite into a secure data centre.
Don’t just carry out a quick Google search and put your vital data in the hands of the first company you see with a fancy website. I’d strongly advise you to make sure any companies responsible for your corporate data are reputable, you know them – and you know others that use them.
This is what leading industry analysts tell us about the data dangers that your business faces:
• 93% of companies that lose their data for 10 days or more file for bankruptcy
• 81% of businesses that experience interruption to their operations will suffer a closure
• 80% of businesses suffering a major disaster go out of business in three years; 40% of businesses that experience a critical IT failure go out of business within one year
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