data backup and recovery

Everyone's heard about the cloud. While some of us still have no idea what it is exactly, there is one thing everyone understands: security on the internet is very important. It is estimated that 60% of companies will be using cloud-based platforms within their infrastructure by 2018. Forbes magazine estimated an even higher 75%. With such an increase in cloud computing services, a lot of information is at risk of being lost.

Aside from having security protocols in place, business owners are becoming vigilant about data backup and recovery. Common mishaps can result in the loss of enormous amounts of data, such as power outages, malware, human error and malfunctioning servers. This means backing up data regularly is extremely important. What does this entail exactly?

Data Backup: When you backup digital information, you send it to an external destination that is separate from your servers. Many choose to do this with an external hard drive. You can copy the information to the hard drive or you can send it all there and delete the original. This is especially important for companies dealing with large amounts of private information (health care institutions, dental practices, schools, etc.).

Data Recovery: If data isn't backed up and is lost, some technicians are able to salvage inaccessible information that has been compromised. If you somehow lose information that is stored digitally, there are resources available to help you retrieve it. Many business owners outsource responsibility of data to companies that offer network management services and cyber security protection.

According to a 2013 study surrounding malware, there were an average of 82,000 new malware threats created every day, making up 20% of all malware threats that have ever existed. Until technological advances decrease those threats, it's important to make sure your information is safe and secure by implementing regular data backup and recovery practices.