World Backup Day – will your business be backing the backup pledge?

World Backup Day – will your business be backing the backup pledge?

Today, Thursday 31st March, is World Backup Day, a day to highlight the importance of regularly backing up your data and what can happen if you don’t.

Think about the data your business holds across multiple devices – from confidential HR information on employees to client data and financial records. Not to mention any work you and your team have done on various programs and saved to folders.

Could you afford to lose this? How big an impact would this have on your business?

This year, the theme of World Backup Day is urging people to take a pledge to backup their data on 31st March and advise friends, colleagues, and family to do the same.

What is ‘backing up’?

The term ‘backing up’ is given to the process of making copies of files or data so, if the original files are destroyed or corrupted, you still have a copy.

Data backup methods have changed a lot over the last 20 years, from hard copy cassettes and physical in-house servers to cloud-based solutions.

Methods of backing up have changed with our working patterns and, now that more companies are adopting a hybrid way of working, backing up data is more important and necessary than ever. Businesses don’t just have to worry about backing up whatever is housed on a desktop computer at the workplace, they need to consider data in multiple locations across multiple devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

How should you back up your data as a business today?
Cloud backup is a secure and convenient solution for the modern business. Also known as ‘online backup’ or ‘remote backup’, cloud backup can be accessed remotely and sees businesses save copies of their files to a third party, cloud backup service provider, such as Microsoft or Apple iCloud.

Working with a remote IT support team like NewGen IT Services is also an option. For example, as part of our Unity package, we provide customers with unlimited remote support, backup monitoring and maintenance, and managed anti-virus protection.

What happens if you don’t back up your data?
Losing data or data breaches can see a business unable to operate for hours, sometimes days, until the issue is sorted out. It can also create concern for your customers who may worry that their data has gotten into the wrong hands and could leave them open to identity theft or a cyber attack, which would see the customer, or your business, receive demands for money before you get your data back.

Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common and more sophisticated and even small businesses are at risk of being targeted by cyber criminals.

Online backups can also protect your business against incidents such as a fire or robbery at your place of work, bringing peace of mind that if your hardware is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still access your data.

Here at NewGen IT, our team are more than happy to offer advice on data backup solutions and cyber security.

Call the team on 01933 426129 or email info@newgen-it.co.uk to find out more.

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