World Backup Day is a time when every business should contemplate whether or not they have proper data backup strategies in place. Considering it was about a month ago, did your organization take the time to think about it? Granted, there isn’t a single day in the year that could explain what your data means to your business, the importance of data backup, and that your businesses should always do what it can to avoid data loss.
While data backup is a necessary component to any modern business’ success, the idea itself certainly isn’t modern. The act of protecting information dates back to before dates were even an inkling, when humanity was still writing data on cave walls to preserve it and notching animal bones to aid in primitive mathematics. Let’s review the history of data preservation, and how we’ve gotten to our current point.
What classifies as a disaster to one company might be just a minor inconvenience to another. One business might be comfortable losing a few files or documents; a different company wants to make sure every file is secure and protected in the event of data loss. No matter your opinion on how you define a disaster, the importance of having a proper disaster recovery plan in place cannot be said enough. You’ll need to determine what your business needs to protect against and what is required to keep your company afloat if you ever suffer data loss, either through theft or hardware failure.
As a business owner you need to ask yourself, is your company prepared in the event of technology failure? Do you have the proper steps in place to ensure your business will be able to recover and function as intended? What we mean is a server unit or hardware failure that results in a loss of data. Other events occur (natural disasters, data breaches), but the result is the same. To make sure you’re completely prepared, your business needs a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution in place.
With several massive storms, wildfires, earthquakes, and floods trampling major cities all over the world, the concept of data backup and disaster recovery is an especially relevant topic. Business owners must ask whether or not they are prepared to handle such events because if they don’t, they’ll be jeopardizing the future of their business.
Business continuity is an incredibly vital part of running a company, but some smaller businesses underestimate just how important it is in the event of a disaster. Although FEMA estimates that more businesses are taking advantage of business continuity than ever before, not enough are. Business continuity is something that must be planned for, practiced consistently, and updated as needed. Does your business have a business continuity plan?
It’s optimistic to believe that your business is entirely secure, but it’s much more vulnerable to dangerous entities than you might know. It takes one event, be it data loss, breach, or crash, to bring your company’s operations to a standstill. These events are out of your control. While data loss incidents are unpredictable, preventative management can go a long way to making sure your business is better prepared.