Data Backup: The Impact of Failed Backups

Data Backup is becoming an ever more important component of a data protection solution as the frequency of attacks is increasing and the sophistication of attacks used by cyber criminals is improving. Companies are also having to cope with rapid increases of data that is being kept on their systems and therefore increasing the chances of employees deleting critical data which could have unprecedented results on the company financially and have a damaging impact of the companyís reputation.

A survey that was conducted by CFI Software concluded that many of the participating IT administrators had been unable to restore critical business data such as financial data and emails. Within the survey, the IT administrators revealed that not being able to restore such information because of failed backups has affected customer relations, business operations and brand reputation.

One of the key reasons why the participating IT administrators had been unable to recover the required data was because they do not run backups on a daily basis. Over 50% of the participants revealed that they do not carry out daily backups, with 32% of respondent citing the reason that it isn’t an efficient use of their time. This statistic suggests that nearly a third of participating IT administrators do not consider backing up critical business data on a daily basis as a priority. This is quite concerning considering the impact that being unable to restore data has had on the companies.

The results of the survey also revealed that half of the respondents revealed that they wished their current backup method was faster and more efficient. This reflects the findings why so many IT administrators are reluctant to backup critical data on a daily basis. This cannot be considered as a reason why critical business data isnít being backed up on a daily basis as there are now automated solutions that can be scheduled to run a daily basis with no human intervention. This is accompanied with backup providers offering a fully managed service and therefore taking over the running of the backups for the company.

Companies of all sizes need a robust backup solution in place that backs up their critical business data on a daily basis. Not being able to recover critical data because a backup hasn’t been scheduled to run or because it failed can have an unprecedented impact on the company. Depending on the backup solution that is utilised, a number of the key constraints detailed in the survey are dealt with and therefore they cannot be used as an excuse when the data cannot be restored.

Do you backup your business data on a daily basis? Do you have any problems with your current backup method?

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