What do Heartbleed, Cryptolocker, Tornadoes and Disgruntled Employees have in common?

They can all lead to data loss, and data loss can lead to lost revenue or even worst; loss of your business. We’ve all heard the statistics that x% of businesses that experience data loss go out of business in x years, but we don’t need scare tactics to understand the value of our data. Just look at your business processes and make note of how many times some form of data is involved in that process. Whether it is an email that has quotes and proposals in it, or whether it is your accounting system with accounts receivables and invoices in it.

What business of all sizes should realize is; data loss is easily preventable. First off, follow the rule of 3-2-1, have at least 3 copies of your data, on 2 different media types, and 1 copy in a different geographic location. This might appear easy enough, create another copy on your hard drive and then make a copy and take it home. While that is better than nothing, and although it does accommodate the 3-2-1 rule, it is difficult to keep current. This would be a manual process and how do you know which copy is current, and how do you keep the offsite copy updated if you have to bring your backup in to update the copy?

There are a lot of options for a solid backup plan, and they range from only a few dollars to several thousand dollars. I will cover some of the more common backup scenarios in later posts, such as online file/folder backup, full system imaging, and file synchronization tools.

In the meantime, look at your data and ask yourself what you could afford to lose.

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