Tech is ever changing, and with all the new bells and whistles on the market, there’s bound to be some problems along the way. Backing up your data is critical, whether it’s photos on your home computer or accounting and legal matters at the office. Protecting your data should not be an afterthought. But one thing many companies often don’t think about is the “how” of backing up. Your data should not simply be saved on a disk or on one location on the cloud. If a disaster happens, it’s crucial for your team to get their resources back together and working again quickly. This means usage of various techniques for backup storage capabilities.
Reasons for Data Loss or Damage
Data can be lost or damaged in a variety of ways. Security breaches and hacking incidents have become more common in the past decade, mostly because of the commonality of sharing or storing personal information on the internet (think about your always-logged-in Amazon account for convenient purchasing). Natural disasters are also common issues, typically due to a fire or flooding. Some reasons that are often overlooked until it becomes a problem include liquid damages from spills, viruses and malware, power outages (even short surges), theft, and human error.
Those last two—theft and human error—are two of the most common issues when it comes to IT. As the workforce becomes more mobile, both from the pandemic and with the introduction of great tech options, the chance for theft becomes greater. People are working outside the office more and more, which means more chances for that laptop to be taken. From the car to the airport to a restaurant or hotel, the risks increase. The convenience of working on the go will always be appealing, and isn’t a negative, there just needs to be protections in place to safeguard your belongings and data.
Human error can be a touchy subject. It’s not common for employees to intentionally cause a major data loss problem. Proper training and products certainly help avoid human-caused problems, but mistakes are simply part of life and business. Accidental deletions, overwriting files unintentionally, opening a wrong email, or clicking on a bad link can be small errors that creates a slew of potentially big problems.
Beneficial Elements of Backup Systems
Part of having a successful backup system is to designate someone knowledgeable and responsible (preferably a professional company) for overseeing this task. Backups should be handled regularly, with a maintained schedule of tasks. Data backup is not a one-and-done scenario, but ongoing with shifts taking place most likely during your business’ off hours. The back up system should also be consistently monitored to ensure everything is working correctly and efficiently.
Your company needs to bounce back quickly after a problem, and with a powerful backup strategy, that is possible. At Premier Computer, our backup services provide peace of mind with the knowledge and confidence that we use multiple methods to backup your data automatically. Your data is your company’s greatest asset and should only be trusted in honest and skilled hands.