From ransomware to simple human error, the threats to your business data are ever-evolving. Backing up your data is a vital part of any risk management strategy — it’s the only way to be sure you’ll always be able to recover lost, hacked, or corrupted data.
The problem is, high-quality backup solutions have historically been too costly for the budgets of small and midsize businesses. This is one of the main reasons why many businesses don’t have a solid data backup strategy in place.
Today, better options exist. In fact, there are so many products and strategies available that it can be hard to know which ones are right for your company.
Here are some simple best practices for backing up data and protecting your business:
Understand the risks
Protecting your data requires planning and an understanding of the potential threats your business is facing. While every business’s situation is unique, these are a few of the most common ways businesses lose important data:
- Lost, stolen, or damaged hardware (According to the FBI, 97% of stolen laptops are never recovered)
- A person accidentally (or maliciously) deletes data
Which data should be backed up?
Computers and software can be replaced, but important data often can’t. If losing the information would hurt your business, it should be backed up.
This might include accounting files, databases, customer data, emails, photos, and more.
Always have a remote backup
This doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t have an on-premises backup too if that has worked for you in the past. It just means you shouldn’t rely on an on-premises backup strategy. You need offsite backup too. The problem with only having onsite storage is that all your eggs are still in one basket. If your office building were to get robbed or burn down in a fire, you could lose all your data and your backup.
With remote storage, restoring data from backup is simple. It may even save you from having to close your doors after a disaster.