When it comes to backup and disaster recovery, a lot of business people mistakenly think that it’s simply a matter of copying your most important records from time to time, and keeping them in a safe place in case you have a hard drive failure or some major catastrophe.
That’s understandable, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. In fact, if there is one thing we have noticed about the backup and disaster recovery plans that companies make for themselves, it’s that they tend to be not nearly as comprehensive as they should be.
With that in mind, here are three reasons not to manage your own data backup scheme:
1. You need to be able to rely on your backups when you need them. A huge number of backup systems aren’t ever tested the way they should be. As a result, companies who are using them can’t really have any degree of confidence that the files they need will be there when it matters most.
2. A good backup system is located off-site. Having an extra hard drive or server at your facility sounds great, but what if there’s a fire, flood, act of vandalism, or other minor disaster that affects your office? By having what you need another location, you’re protected against a lot more potential threats.
3. Keeping spare copies of files could represent a security risk. Unless you’re sending them to an encrypted archival system (which most companies aren’t), you could be looking at a serious security liability, and one that could ultimately cost your business some money.
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