I’m pretty big on making sure important computer information and files in your small business are backed up. It’s just not worth it to take a chance on losing a major portion of your business when it takes such a small amount of time to put safeguards in place.
You need to make sure that your back ups are usable, so don’t forget to add a verification step to your back up process. Amazingly, many business owners don’t take this very crucial step.
Consider this. Seventy-five percent of respondents in a recently concluded survey of IT executives indicated that their companies suffered unrecoverable loss of corporate data they thought was successfully backed up to tape due to unreadable, lost or stolen media. The online survey sought to better understand how IT staffs safeguard mission-critical information throughout the enterprise, including remote offices, and how the backup and recovery process ROBOs (remote office/branch office) could be improved. Among the survey findings:
- 63 percent said they encountered unreadable tapes when they tried to retrieve data with 76 percent of those cases reporting a direct impact to their business from loss of productivity to punishments for regulatory compliance infractions.
- 61 percent said that they back up remote offices to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster, while 17 percent indicated that there are no formal backup procedures in place at their remote offices.
- 20 percent of respondents said their business has experienced data loss due to lost or stolen tape media.
- Data recovery-focused features that respondents found valuable in ensuring a secure and smoother backup/recovery process included keeping the latest backup version locally on disk (93 percent) and encryption for data while “in-flight´ and “at-rest´ (85 percent).
Be different. Be prepared. Tell me what you do to make sure your business data is safe by leaving a comment.