World Backup Day 2018

 

Don't Be An April Fool. Backup By March 31.


This Saturday, March 31st, is World Backup Day. This event is a reminder for you to have a second copy of your files, including documents, photos, and emails. Instead of storing this data just in one place, such as your computer, you would also keep copies on a separate storage device and/or on a cloud service.

World Backup Day started in 2011 by Youngstown State University student Ismail Jadun after he and other Reddit commenters discussed the need for backups. Jadun decided the best day for World Backup Day is the day before April Fools Day. Since then, this awareness day grew throughout the IT industry and the corporate world. 

 

You can lose your data in several ways:

• Theft/loss
• Hardware failure
• Cyber attacks (virus, malware, denial of service)
• User error
• Power outage
• Natural disasters 

 

Are you backing up your data?

Here's some scary statistics to consider from World Backup Day and research firm Clutch:
• 30% of people have never backed up
• 29% of disasters are caused by accident
• 140,000 hard drives crash each week in the U.S.
• 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute
• 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month
• 58% of SMBs are not prepared for a data loss
• 60% of SMBs that lose their data will shut down within 6 months 

 

How do I protect and backup my data?

Remember protection best practices. Keep your device, antivirus, and applications up to date. Also, do not click on hyperlinks and attachments from unknown senders. 
Have at least three copies of your data. You can backup your data to a storage device and then to a cloud platform, such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. The backups should occur on a regular schedule, either daily or weekly, depending on your needs. SwiftTech can assist you with these tasks.
Map out the location of your most critical business data when planning your backup procedures. This can include data on computers, file servers, and cloud applications. 
Be sure that your backups are working. Collect important files from the backups and then open the file to confirm it was not corrupted. If you are subscribed to a backup service with SwiftTech, we'll monitor this activity around the clock. 
Perform spring cleaning on your files. Delete junk files and any other data that won't generate business value. Also, move infrequently used data to alternate storage. Finally, organize files by using clear and consistent naming conventions such as 2018GlobalMarketShare.docx or OrgHier2018V02.xls. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a guide for file naming conventions here
Review the Service Level Agreements from your cloud vendors, such as Salesforce and Google. Don't assume these vendors will take care of backup and recovery tasks for you. For example, Salesforce generally charges $10,000 to recover your records. Also, Google states that if a file is deleted from Google Drive, it cannot be recovered.  
Don't rely on social networks, such as Facebook and Instagram, for storing valuable photos. Download your photos from these sites regularly. 
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Our team can provide backup services that can fit your organizational requirements and budget. We can backup data only in our economical Backup as a Service (BaaS) package. Or, we can roll out a full-service option called Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) that also backs up entire systems, including applications, servers, and email platforms.

 

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