Data Backups Should Always Be a Priority

The worst time to think about your data backups is after a disaster strikes.

Businesses generate and collect a huge amount of data – some of it, practically useless, and some, critical to your business and its operations. It is this latter group that makes it so important that you have a comprehensive backup plan ready to go.

While not all of your data may be equally valuable, data loss is a bad thing across the board. This is precisely why SouthTech offers comprehensive data backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solutions.

Backing up your data allows you to sidestep the potential catastrophes that would come with the loss of your most critical information. Here, we’ll review a few situations that could put this data at risk to demonstrate how crucial having a backup really is.

Situation: Actual Disaster Event

This disaster situation is the arguably the obvious one. Why? Probably because it’s got “disaster,” right in the name. Natural disasters like hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, or wildfires can literally destroy your business. When it comes to doing business in Florida, every owner has hurricane season on their minds.

Just about every business on Earth could potentially be impacted by some kind of weather event. Some deal with hurricanes, some deal with high winds and tornadoes, others with earthquakes and floods… you get the picture. Unfortunately, whichever one impacts your business, there isn’t very much you can do in the moment – which is why it is important to prepare now, so you can reopen again after the fact. Many don’t prepare, and therefore, don’t reopen.

Acting proactively and maintaining a backup allows you to more quickly bounce back after disaster has struck, allowing your business a second chance.

Situation: Data Corruption or Theft

Cybersecurity is a huge topic today, as there are many, many threats out there designed to target businesses. Take ransomware, for example: all it takes for you to lose access to your files is for an employee to click on the wrong link. (Can you guess what the most common email subject line in phishing attempts for Q3 2019 was?) Not good. Bad actors will attempt to “lock up” your business data and force you to buy access back from them. The worst part is that companies which end up paying the ransom may not even get their stolen data back!

However, using a BDR (in conjunction with a comprehensive business continuity plan) to keep your files safely backed up enables you to quickly restore data from an onsite backup copy of your data, while keeping another copy offsite for redundant protections and simplified migrations. This keeps you safe from a variety of threats, including ransomware and many other forms of malware.

Situation: The Classic Office “Whoops!” Moment

Sometimes, there’s no crisis situation at hand. A non-critical error could come up, and your BDR can be just as useful. Your BDR gives you an on-demand resource to pull your data from, on demand, as needed. This is particularly handy if a team is collaborating on a project, and somebody accidentally deletes something absolutely critical to the project. With a backup, your progress won’t be lost to bad luck.

A BDR allows you to breathe easier when it comes to your files and their security. To find out what implementing a BDR solution looks like, reach out to SouthTech today. Head over to our Contact page and fill out our form to get started.

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