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Data Protection for Business: How Should An IT Enterprise Protect Your Data?

Data Protection for Business: How Should An IT Enterprise Protect Your Data?

Data is arguably one of the most important and targeted “resources” in our current technological times; cyber attacks, with the likes of WannaCry, have seen some of the biggest systems- including the NHS – brought to their knees.

Ransom ware and malware alike are able to cripple the online and day-to-day running of any business, should there not be systems in place to prevent this type of attack. Encrypting files and holding them for ransom is only the tip of the iceberg, and if your company is not “at-the-ready” to mitigate this type of attack, you could be facing disastrous consequences sooner than you would like to imagine.

How Can An Online Backup System Potentially Save Your Business?

“Imagine someone holding all your business data to ransom. Is this even possible? Sadly, yes. Ransomware programs typically encrypt user files on computers (including those with pdf, docx, and the other commonly used extensions). You receive a message demanding ‘ransom’ which is typically demanded in dollars or Bitcoins. You are given details of an account into which to pay, and if you stall, the price increases. Should you pay, you never know whether the key you are given, will unlock your data or not! With a Cloud based backup system, your data would still be safe and sound.”


Save your data, save your business

“According to Carte Blanche, damage due to ransom ware was sitting at the R1.2 billion mark in 2015, with attacks on the increase. The good news is that businesses do not need to fall victim to this extortion provided that they outsource their data backup to a reputable company offering secure data storage in the cloud. In this way, criminals are not able to access sensitive data and confidential company information, and viruses cannot cause irreparable harm to the running of your business.”


Save time, save money

Another advantage to a Cloud based backup system is that backups are fully automated, freeing up time spent by the business owner and his or her team, on arduous manual backups. Not only is money saved in terms of time spent doing physical backups; money can also be saved when using a credible cloud storage solution, in that the more data there is to be backed up, the cheaper the process becomes, per gig.


Automatic backups: good business practice

The risks associated with physical data backup to external hard drives and tape drives, are completely eliminated. Theft is no longer an issue – neither are physical disasters such as flooding or fire.

They say that ‘assumption is the lowest form of communication’, and in the case of one employee believing that another employee performed the backup the previous night, this is all too real! With cloud backup, human error is a thing of the past. A good cloud backup system automatically backs up data every night.

A backup is only as good as its restore test. A great backup system should perform integrity checks automatically, every single night, offering business owners peace of mind that all their data is perfectly safe, no matter what.


What Are The Features of Online Backup?

  • Offsite Storage

Backing up your data to a backup-centre other than your premises protects you against disasters such as fire and theft

  • Security

All backups are encrypted before leaving your offices which means that your data stored with us is 100% secure even if stolen.

  • Cost Effective

Cloud computing allows business to consume more IT while keeping costs down. Business now has a cost-effective reason to implement proper backup

  • Automated

By removing the human element from your backups you can rest assured that backups are taken care of 365 days a year.


Why not get in touch with us at SwitchedOnIT to see if we can help you secure your data effectively and efficiently? Click here to contact a friendly consultant today.

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