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.
On March 22, 2018, a remote-triggered ransomware called “SamSam” demanded a one-time payment of $51,000 be made to restore the city of Atlanta, Georgia’s, data. Despite an operating budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $625 million, Atlanta’s municipal leaders refused to pay the fine. The “hostage situation” has cost the city over $2 million already with an expected $9.5 million more likely to be spent restoring and re-enforcing the municipality’s network and infrastructure. This doesn’t take into account downtime and the significant amount of data lost in the hack. Whether or not you think it’s a good idea to not pay the ransom, if a whole city – especially one as large as Atlanta – can effectively be crippled by a single hack, you better believe that your business has to get serious about its cybersecurity efforts.
Mobile data is such a valuable resource. The more we use our phones for business and pleasure, the more data we use. The downside to mobile data is cost. Data plans are expensive and going one MB over your allotment can cost you a pretty penny. Luckily, users have options to help limit how much data their apps use. Today, we look at ways to minimize the amount of data you use on your Android phone.
As with any emerging technology, the biggest problem is knowing whether or not it will provide a benefit to your organization. This uncertainty leaves a lot of businesses in a bit of a pickle: lose money not implementing a new solution or lose money because it wasn’t a good fit for your organization.
When it comes to running a business, everything is measurable. From the hours on your employee’s time card to data stored on your network, you can be sure there is a way for it to be quantified. For time, we know seconds and minutes, but how do you measure data? Bit by byte.
Data is one of the things in business that you collect naturally and can benefit from, but do you have a system in place that lets you gather and store it for future use? Considering how vital information collection is to the success of any company, it’s reasonable to suggest that data storage can be a valuable investment for your business’s long-term futures and goals.
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.