Protecting your Data: 4 Key Reasons on Why You Should Have a Backup Solution

Protecting your Data: 4 Key Reasons on Why You Should Have a Backup Solution

Data is something all businesses would agree is their most important asset, this is why they take multiple steps to ensure its security. However, when it comes to data protection, most companies are lax in its measures in the Philippines. This is alarming as data loss is not as uncommon to businesses as most seem to believe. Below are a few common scenarios in which a Backup solution can immediately address:

User Error

One of the highest reason of data loss can be attributed to user mistakes or error. In multiple surveys, human error is at 25% of data loss. This could be from accidental deletion or even accidental overwrites. With a proper backup, you can always revert to it to find the data or even go through different versions of files.

Data Corruption

Files can become corrupted due to bugs or even malware without a moments notice. Backup solutions can help safeguard your data from this spontaneous data loss.

Hard Drive Failure

Just like data corruption, your hard drive can fail due to multiple reasons. With no proper backup in place, this can mean important data can be lost indefinitely.

Retention and Archiving

Some businesses need long data retention or historical archiving of files. This is to ensure proper auditing, or a need arises that the data must be pulled out for review. Backup solutions can be customized to solve these requirements.

Does BCDR = Backup?

There are multiple steps in creating a data protection strategy, the first step being to put a backup solution in place and the last step being to have a BCDR plan. This goes without saying, you should not jump in steps when you are implementing a data protection strategy.

BCDR strategy is not a replacement for a backup solution. The key difference between the two is how the recovery is done. Without the initial backup solution, how can you plan for a disaster recovery when the first step of protecting your data for day-to-day activities is not yet in place?

BCDR is reserved only for cases when disasters occur that would cause business operations to halt. An example of this would be from natural disasters such as fires that would cause your servers to become inoperable, and the entire database will need to be recovered.

While preparing for a disaster is important, ensuring that your data is protected from more common and recurring threats should come first. Short term goals should first be implemented to help achieve your long term goals in data protection.

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Unitrends backup and recovery products is a “game changer” against Ransomware

Unitrends backup and recovery products is a “game changer” against Ransomware

With the threat of ransomware on the rise, organizations have been further increasing their IT security to makes sure that they are prepared for it. However, no matter how well you prepare you can never guarantee that no threats will ever pass through. This is where backup solutions such as Unitrends come in. Updates such as ransomware detection for both Unitrends Recovery Series physical appliances and Unitrends Backup virtual appliances can help determine the probability that ransomware is operating within your server workstation or desktop. They even alert you when it does detect ransomware so you may immediately restore your files from your last legitimate recovery point.

The Unitrends backup ‘game changer’

Richard Malewicz, CIO of Livingston County, Mich., has been a user of Unitrends Recovery RC936S and Unitrends Cloud since January 2016, and he called the ransomware detection a “game changer.”

“[Unitrends has] brought forth a functionality and capability to the data backup market in such a particular way where it did not exist previously,” Malewicz wrote in an email interview.

“It’s often said that a data backup system is the last line of defense in a ransomware attack, but in actuality, a traditional backup system isn’t defensive at all. When you restore data from a backup system after a ransomware attack, it’s an indication the enterprise’s cyberdefenses have failed. It is merely a risk management contingency operation at that point.”

An estimation of around 4,000 ransomware attacks on average per day in 2016 (by the U.S. government), a big jump from 2015 where 1,000 attacks per day were estimated on average.

“[Ransomware detection] will be a feature that continues to evolve and improve with the product,” Brady said.

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