Why should every business back-up their data that is in the cloud or on-premise?

Ever wondered what happens if you lose your data and what the recovery process is?

Maintaining an up-to-date and secure data back-up system is vital for every business. Many businesses don’t realise that data loss can be disastrous for any organisation. A study by Aura Information Security towards the end of 2019 noted that one in three Kiwi businesses have not conducted a risk analysis on the impact a cyber-attack could have on their company.

A Cloud vendor may have as part of its offering;

  • redundant datacentres,
  • a recycle bin function to recover deleted files,
  • retention policies to protect against deletion with higher-end subscriptions.

Because of this many companies and individuals believe that data in the Cloud is automatically protected from loss by the vendor.

Although these features are valuable, they are, in the case of datacentre redundancy, designed to protect against a short-term datacentre outage and do not provide protection against data corruption or user error.

Most vendors’ terms state that the data stored on their platform belongs to you, but that also means you are responsible for ensuring the safety of that data if something goes wrong.

A backup, stored in a different datacentre can provide protection against:

  • Users accidentally (or deliberately) deleting data,
  • The limited 30-day retention in recycle bins before data becomes unrecoverable,
  • Platform errors that cause data loss,
  • Data corruption caused by external or internal attacks. The most common is that local copies of files being encrypted in an attack will be replicated to your Cloud storage in an encrypted state making them inaccessible across all locations.

In addition, many backup services allow you to retain a copy of old users’ data after they have left the company, which may assist you to meet your obligations for keeping business records for seven years.

We have, in the past needed to engage a Cloud Vendor to recover lost data. Such an event circumvents the recycle bin entirely and the recovery process is time-consuming and risky as the vendor must try to recover specific data from a vast pool of storage and you get one attempt!

Having a third-party backup makes recovery from such events much more likely and such services are inexpensive and so should become part of your security and data protection strategy, just as if the data was on a server.

We can help create a back-up of your data that is stored off-site so it is safe from the issues mentioned above and in the event of a cyber attack we can help you restore from your back-up.

Call us now on 09-636 0800 or email us at sales@thinkit.co.nz so we can set up a third-party backup system for all your valuable data and keep your business secure. 

Written by Chris Barnes

David Johnston
"Successful business is a result of interconnecting partnerships all working in synergy for a common goal. Our job is to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the strands that link it all together."

David Johnston
Think I.T. Team


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