4 Data Backup Myths You Need to Know About
As you may know, in the last half-century digital data storage and accessibility has become an indispensable aspect of business IT and has also arguably become the primary commodity of the world economy.
At the current rate, humanity generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. That is a ludicrously large number.
To put it into perspective, if each byte were a glass of water, in two days we would have generated approximately the equivalent of all the water on Earth. If you traveled this distance in kilometers you could cross from one side of our galaxy to the other, back again, and then back to the center!
It is a quite an understatement to say that this is a substantial amount of information. Of course, this comes along with substantial business IT support challenges as well as many risks to that data.
Data loss can occur in multiple ways that range from hard drive failures and malware/ransomware attacks to natural disasters and human error. Whatever the reason may be, data backup can provide the relief you need by helping restore data on your devices should an incident occur.
Failing to keep up with the ever-changing realities of the current and upcoming digital market and threat landscape could result in your share of this data being lost or stolen in the blink of an eye.
In fact, ransomware has more than doubled in frequency since last year, accounting for 10% of verified breaches.
While there is a great deal of fear surrounding the subject of cybersecurity, you don’t need to panic. There are measures you or your IT MSP can put in place to better protect your business.
One of our best recommendations is to make data backups a component of your cybersecurity plan. Companies that don’t regularly back up valuable data leave themselves vulnerable to evolving cyberthreats in addition to more mundane forms of data loss.
When you decide to embark on your data backup journey to protect your organization and create business continuity, there are several myths you may come across. Here are four of the most common data backup myths.
Backup Myths Debunked
Myth #1: Data Backup Is Too Expensive
There are of course costs involved in data backup. You have the hardware, labor and service costs for our own system, or the fee of your managed IT services provider.
However, this must be weighed against the risks involved in doing business in the digital age. Just like rock climbing or a host of other activities, the safety gear is an additional cost, but it is a desirable expense when weighed against the known risks of the activity and the negative costs and consequences they guard against.
In much the same way that falling from a scaffold can cause injury, medical bills, job shutdowns, fines, and even death; data loss can have a cascading effect, resulting in downtime, productivity loss, executive stress, revenue disruptions, regulatory fines, and reputational damage.
The total cost of these setbacks is typically higher than the cost of a backup solution.
In many cases such as a successful malware attack, they are astronomically higher. Wear your safety harness and use it correctly. Maintain and back up your data effectively.
Myth #2: Having One Copy of Your Data Backed Up Is All You Need
The 3-2-1 strategy is a data backup best practice that involves having at least three copies of your data, two on-site but on different mediums/devices, and one off-site.
- Three copies of data: Having at least two additional copies of your data, in addition to your original data, is ideal.
- Two different mediums: Keep two copies of your data on different types of storage medium such as internal hard drives and removable storage like an external hard drive or a USB drive.
- One off-site copy: Keep one copy of your data off-site. This helps safeguard against worst-case scenarios like natural disasters.
Myth #3: Multiple Copies Guarantee Successful Backups
Having additional copies of your data by following the 3-2-1 strategy is a smart practice, but this doesn’t guarantee backups will operate as expected.
Organizations following the 3-2-1 strategy generally keep the original data and one of its copies on-site while another copy is transmitted to a safe, off-site destination, typically the cloud.
Beyond creating additional backup copies, you or your IT company should regularly check to verify whether your backups are working properly since they may still be vulnerable to user error or data corruption. Routinely test backups or outsource the task to a managed IT service provider (MSP).
Myth #4: Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Are the Same
This misunderstanding stems from the fact that many people do not understand the difference between data backup and disaster recovery. Even though they are both vital components of business continuity, they are not the same.
While data backup is the act of backing up critical data, disaster recovery is the act of recovering those backups. Another distinction is that while data backup is defined by the recovery point objective (RPO), which is the amount of data that must be restored to keep operations running, disaster recovery is defined by the recovery time objective (RTO), which considers the time it takes to recover.
Partner for Success
Trying to effectively safeguard your organization against data loss on your own is possible, but to do so effectively is a skilled and technically intensive task that can be overwhelming to accomplish and maintain. Fortunately, Sequentur has got you covered.
We make it easy for you to implement a long-term security and data backup strategy that also meets IT and endpoint device security and data protection requirements – especially considering the ever evolving, growing cyberthreats that target vulnerabilities you may have overlooked.
Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can help you and your business succeed with professional IT MSP services.
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