Backing up data is an essential process that saves you time, money and resources. While technology becomes increasingly reliable, crashes and failures do still occur. These can lead to potentially catastrophic consequences if you find that your essential files and folders have been irretrievably wiped from your system.
Why is backing up data important?
Preventing the loss of important data protects your organisation.
If you do not have your important files backed up, this can result in significant data losses and can have a substantial negative impact on your organisation. For example, you may have work for clients, customer information and vital financial data saved on your computer network. Once it is gone, without a backup, it may have disappeared permanently.
There can even be legal consequences if you are not able to submit your tax returns and financial statements at the right time as they were lost when your system crashed. There are also GDPR considerations around user-identifiable information and data security.
Backing up data ensures your business remains as productive as possible and does not have to waste time on starting over because all your data has been wiped.
How can data be lost?
There are various ways that data loss can occur. One of the most common ways is a tech failure, such as a system crash. It is possible that this could be caused by a fire, flood or a workplace accident, or simply by a system glitch. There are also more nefarious reasons for data loss, like attempted data theft, ransomware and hacking.
What is the best way to back up data?
Backing up data to the cloud gives you peace of mind and reassurance that your data is saved in a safe and secure place. One of the key advantages of cloud backups is that they can be stored in multiple geographic locations, so if there is a fire or failure at your workplace or a data centre, your data is secure in an alternative location.
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