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World Backup Day

Scott McNabInformation Security Officer
31st Mar 2021

Today we’re celebrating World Backup Day, which serves as a timely reminder of how important it is to ensure that all of your personal and professional data is kept safe, should the worst happen.

 

Without a doubt, no one wants to lose all those personal photo memories from a broken mobile phone, or all those documents you’ve spent hours producing should your work computer become infected with a piece of malware.

As with any business, preparing for the worst is best practice but it can be difficult to motivate yourself to do it – until the worst happens and then it’s too late. Backing up data can be as simple as copying across to a storage media device (such as a USB) however, more of us than ever now use an online backup service provider commonly known as cloud storage backup due to their scalable nature, which eliminate the need for any hardware devices.

These Software as a Service (SaaS) providers continue to grow as it’s more common for businesses to now have backup policies and procedures in place to safeguard their valuable information. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) 27001 accreditation which lays out the specifications for implementing an information security management system, specifically states that the business must have an auditable backup policy in place. Having these proactive data backup procedures can add additional security assurance for you and your business partners, and regular backups are key as data loss can happen at any time, in a number of different ways. Having to replace any lost data when your most recent backup was 6 months prior, would be quite a hard task to execute!

According to a recent survey, as many as 40% of SaaS users, across a range of industries, have lost data stored on their online tools, while almost 30% of individuals have admitted that they have never backed up their data. As a consequence, it’s vitally important that we create a culture where we regularly back up media, messages, documents and the like, as standard practice in our day to day lives.

Furthermore, as cyber-attacks continue to grow within the Covid-19 pandemic, now is definitely the time to safeguard your business-critical information. As well as taking control of your data, it’s also a vital step to ensuring that your contractual obligations are met and there are little to no business disruptions from lost data. It can also mitigate direct financial loss from fines should an organisation suffer a data breach and protect reputational damage, prospective contracts and the organisation’s long-term future.

For more information, you can visit World Backup day for further guidance, and we hope you’ll join Beeks by taking the pledge this year to ensure your data is backed up not only today but as an essential part of your computer usage routine.

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