In the first three months of 2016, ransomware attacks increased tenfold from the entire previous year, costing victims more than $200 million. It seems unlikely that the use of ransomware will slow down any time soon.

IT Security Analysts continue to stress on the importance of investing in security, backup and recovery solutions. Data backup is not just another exercise, it has become a must do for every business. It’s more than just protecting your data but protecting the existence of a company as a source of livelihood for many. It doesn’t matter, how small a company is data backup is very crucial to anyone. Be it an individual or a big company, no one wishes to lose their data and start all over.

There are several methods that you can use to backup:

Local Backup

This is the kind of back up where the storage medium is in close proximity or in the same building. It can be on an external hard drive, USB, CD-ROM or Network Attached Storage. Having a backup of important files that you regularly use on an USB can come in quite handy when you want to work from home or when you don’t have access to internet where you have an online backup. These backups are fast and easy to restore in case of accidental deletion.

Offsite Backup

This is where the storage media is kept in a different geographic location from the source. This can be in a bank safe deposit box, another building or at home. This provides protection against robbery, disasters like fire or floods.

Cloud Backup

These are backups where data is continuously or frequently backed up in a service or a storage facility connected to the source being backed up over the internet or a network. For a large company, all sources are connected to the cloud and replicated across devices. It is a safe method as only limited people are given access credentials. It also gives protection against disasters and theft. There are commercial data centers offering cloud backup as a service. Data backup according to most IT specialists should be done in an off and away strategy. This where you have offline backup possibly on physical storage media that is not connected to the internet. This will protect you against malware attacks. Another way is to have it offsite in a different location to protect against disasters or theft.

Cloud Spending is on the rise as more businesses look forward to increase their cloud spending by 11 to 30 percent. Security is one of the benefits of using the cloud. According to research, companies also state that increased efficiency, data space, flexibility and scalability are other top benefits of using cloud. Cloud backup is ideal for large amount of data and safe because it is stored in multiple data centers. Your data is safe and can be restored by anyone who has permission to do so

Be Safe and Prepared

Businesses can’t afford to roll the dice with data backup and recovery solutions. Every business has a different set of needs. There are big companies who deal with huge amounts of information of their customers and will need both offsite and online back up. But it is crucial that every company/business/individual do regular backup. It will not only protect your data and that of your customers but also give you assurance of your company’s smooth running.

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