Still one of the most unrecognised or badly handled network operations is data backup, and according to reports from leading tech industry specialists Microsoft and Cisco, attacks against organisations regardless of size are increasing and causing bigger losses than ever. And the thing about data is that once data has gone, it’s gone forever. Despite this, organisations still leave themselves vulnerable by having no operational backup plan. Nightmare tales of businesses and individuals losing data are wide-spread, so why is that so many companies fail to back up appropriately?
Cyber-attacks and data loss can be damaging to any business. According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017
- More than 50% of all businesses that are victims of a cyber-attack or data breach are subsequently subject to public scrutiny and suffer losses in brand reputation, customer loyalty, and customer trust.
- 29% of businesses that are victims of attacks lose revenue, and nearly 40% of those businesses lose more than 20% of total revenues.
- Among companies that suffer attacks or breaches, nearly a 25% of them lose significant business opportunities following the data-loss event.
- More than 20% of businesses that experience data loss or suffer a cyber-attack lose customers as well. And 40% of those companies lose more than 20% of their customers.
The Many Ways Data Can Be Lost
Data can be lost in a multitude of ways:
- Hard drive failure
- Physical theft
- Damaged or broken hardware
- Poorly installed software
and the list goes on; imagine a way for data to be lost and it will almost certainly be a reality.
It is also largely irrelevant if you are using a customer database, or your photo albums and family celebrations or in the recent NHS ransomware attack, patient information, losing data can be devastating and some things will never, ever be recovered. Unless of course, you have a back-up.
There are 4 main methods for backing up data
USB Stick or External Hard Drive
Really only suitable for the typical home PC user. Between backups, a USB stick or external hard drive must be disconnected from a PC to ensure that it is either safe from damage, or open to attack from viruses, as neither memory sticks nor hard drives are secure. Another disadvantage of this backup method is if you are using the same storage means each time, you will be overwriting the previous days’ back up, which is unsuitable for organisations who need to record more than a single day’s worth of backups.
Not long ago, this was the default method for many businesses and is still used by some but, it too has issues. On the positive side tape is used and put in safekeeping off-site, but the downside of this method is that it is cumbersome and slow as this routine requires a designated person to change the tapes on a timetable and ensure that they are removed from the site. Most systems run throughout the night to collect data, making recovery a slow and cumbersome process too, frustrating if this is needed in an emergency, as all of the back-ups are needed to restore a system failure.
Today, online backup is seen as the preferred method for data backup and recovery. In the same way that clouds storage works, customers pay a monthly subscription to have their data backed-up and encrypted at a data centre. The advantage of this method is that backups are automated with built-in security options to safeguard against viruses. This system also has the ability to retrieve everything from a single file to a whole systems data backup.
However, forward-thinking business is moving to the cloud and even remotely running software and systems through the Internet. Data backup is no exception.
Cloud backups are stored on remote servers and accessed via an Internet connection, providing additional security for organisations that want to make sure their critical data is readily available when onsite or physical data catastrophes happen.
Warning: Cloud backups and online storage are not the same things. There are a significant number of companies who utilise services such as Dropbox, or Google Drive, and a plethora of alternative storage sites, to backup files critical to their operations. Now, while these products are acceptable for storing a few files, there are limitations that come with free online storage sites, such as:
- limited file versioning
- lack of automated backups
- limited backup folders, etc.
This stops them from being ‘true’ cloud backups.
Linix Cloud Backup Suite is an advanced client-server based on-premises and cloud backup solution for businesses. The whole solution can be deployed within a company to back up all virtual machines, servers, desktops and laptops.
Various add-on modules can be used in conjunction with LCB for backing up VMware, Hyper-V, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, MySQL Database, Lotus Domino, Lotus Notes, Windows System, Windows System State (Active Directory), Office 365 Exchange Mailbox and File.