Why Every Business Needs Backup and Disaster Recovery

In the digitally dependent year of 2017, businesses can’t afford to lose their data. Whether this occurs from cyber-attack, human error, or natural disaster, data loss is quite the risk to put on your company. This is why an effective backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution is essential to virtually every business.

But first, what is BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery)?

BDR is a set of processes and techniques that ensure a company’s data is secure, backed up and can be recovered quickly after a disaster occurs. These incidents are typically: user error, insider threats, natural disasters, cyber-attacks or hardware failure.

With the rise of cloud computing services and big data in the workplace, it’s becoming progressively challenging for businesses of any size to protect their data. According to research by Security Week, the total volume of data loss at the enterprise level has increased more than 400 per cent over the past few years.

If businesses don’t have a BDR solution in place, it’s usually because the company is unclear about the benefits of BDR. Here are our top 4 reasons why your business needs a BDR plan:

Systems Fail

It’s inevitable that hardware, machines and other systems fail at some point in their lives. No matter how much you spend on technology, no solution is going to be perfect. In order to account for these risks, businesses must invest in strong BDR plans. The best option is to back up your data routinely, ideally with a highly secure managed hosting provider.

Safety of clients’ data

If you store confidential client or customer data on your system, you can’t afford to lose this data or let it fall into the wrong hands. By having a BDR plan, it helps make certain that all of this information is controlled and properly stored. By having this plan in place, you won’t have to worry about the detrimental consequences that could have happened to your brand if a disaster had happened.

Natural disaster protection

Nature is unpredictable, and data loss and downtime can strike at any time. In fact, it is estimated that more than 90 per cent of businesses that experience at least seven days of downtime go out of business within a year. While a BDR plan can’t prevent the natural disaster from happening, it will protect your data and ensure that your downtime doesn’t put your company’s survival at risk.

Human Error

When looking at data loss, most discussions focus on natural disasters and cyber-attacks. But the reality is that sometimes those responsible for the biggest data losses are employees. People make mistakes and even one of those mistakes can compromise company data. This is why it’s important to properly train employees, but also invest in backup solutions to protect your business, if an error was to occur.

Now that you realize all that your business can lose, it’s time to take action.  If you are looking to implement backup and recovery into your managed IT solutions plan, contact us today!

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