Tomorrow is World Backup Day 2018…
Have you backed up your data lately? What would you do if you lost everything? Every single day files are lost, hard drives crash, computers are stolen, and viruses wreak havoc. World Backup Day was created to remind users like you to backup your data, so that when disaster strikes, you are prepared. There is nothing worse than having critical business files or irreplaceable family photos deleted or destroyed without having any way to recover them.
March 31st is World Backup Day 2018, so if you act now, you still have time to backup your files.
So, why should you backup your files?
140,000 hard drives crash every week in the United States. Everyone has heard a story about a friend’s hard drive that tragically crashed the night before an important paper was due, or a family member who tragically lost thousands of pictures or memories due to a failed hard drive. The reality is, hard drives fail and data is lost every day. You can either be in the camp with those who protected their files by backing up their data, or you can fall into the camp of those who back up their data after experiencing a traumatic loss of irreplaceable files. With so many options to choose from, the decision should be easy. Just back that data up.
If that wasn’t enough of a reason to back up your data, and you are a small business, consider this:
- 74% of organizations have experienced data loss at the workplace.
- 32% of organizations that have lost data take several days to recover and 16% never recover.
- 70% of small businesses reported that a single loss in data could have a significant and costly impact on the business.
- $15,000 per day is the estimated impact a disruption in technology resources can have on a small to medium-sized business.
What’s the worst that could happen if you fail to backup your data properly?
It’s a simple concept, but one that is often overlooked: data can be lost quickly, easily, and without any fanfare or reason to notice that it’s missing or inaccessible. Despite the importance of their data, many companies do not have a comprehensive backup strategy in place. This can be attributed to a handful of very human factors:
- The assumption that a catastrophic event “will never happen to me”
- Inattention to recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives
- Confidence in a single, on-site copy of critical data as a complete backup method
- Failure to conduct ‘fire drills’ and other tests of the backup system
- Incomplete backup strategies that fail to protect Operating Systems, SaaS data, and other mission critical data
- Prioritizing security and other technology or IT initiatives over data backup
Any one of these backup failures, or a combination of them, can be fatal to a business. So like they say…Don’t be an April Fool…backup your data on March 31st.