Save the Data

by | Dec 8, 2010 | Business, Cybersecurity

Data loss incurred by Canadian organizations has grown exponentially since 2012.

Cost of data breaches in Canada hit new record in 2021 — IBM

I am sure I do not need to use scare tactics to educate the business community about the importance of preserving irreplaceable data. We have all heard it. Many of us have lost data or at least had some kind of scare. So why is this risk still prevalent? I would suggest the majority of new prospective clients we audit do not have an adequate, functioning data backup and disaster recovery system for their business data. Most businesses will have something that was put in place once upon a time, but too often it stopped working properly months or even years ago.

This phenomenon reminds me a little of seeing youth (or I guess anyone for that matter) smoke. They have heard their entire life that smoking will kill them and yet, they still took up the habit. I think it is human nature to understate our own risks. We have laws that state we should not drive and text, most people agree these laws are a good idea, yet our collective behavior doesn’t change that much. “It won’t happen to me.”

Benefits of modern backup

  • Instant recovery
  • Multiple deployment options (on premise or the cloud)
  • Comprehensive protection
  • Maintain compliance

Smart Dolphins is not going to change the human psyche of the business community, but we would like to make a difference with risk of weak or failing backup systems. There are zillions of perfectly arranged ones and zeros at stake (sorry for the obscure nerd-humour interlude)! For the same reasons we have laws that make car insurance mandatory, we feel “backup insurance” should be ubiquitous. Take some time today to ensure that your organization has a solid process (which typically means a non-human process) in place that alerts you when your data backup system is misbehaving because it will with enough time.

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