What would happen if you lost a portion of your business data? What critical business functions would be affected? How would it affect your clients?
The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark survey says three out of every four companies are at risk of having no data recovery plan in place. In 2014, more than one-third of the organizations surveyed lost one or more crucial data applications over the year. Those outages ran from hours to days, according to the survey.
With ransomware and phishing emails increasing, your critical business data is at risk. Data recovery services are standing by to help you recover, but are they really necessary if you have a strong data recovery mechanism in place?
Here’s the number one reason why you shouldn’t need to hire a data recovery services company: Your disaster recovery plan should include robust and constant data backups in the cloud.
Data Recovery Services – Unnecessary in the Cloud
Data loss is a serious threat to any business. Whether it’s a data breach from cybercriminals or a natural disaster, housing your data onsite without offsite redundancies can be a risky proposition.
Typical scenarios that could affect your data include:
Hardware failure, such as the loss of an email server, could wipe out communications across your business. If you’re still running an email server in-house, do you have redundancies built into the infrastructure to counteract equipment failures?
Human error may be the most common reason for data loss. If you’ve ever trashed a document that you meant to save, or forgotten to save it in the first place, you know how easy it is to make a mistake.
Even worse, human error is the most frequent cause of malware infections; one click on a phishing email could infect your network with a virus. According to Barkly, every 1 in 131 emails contains malware.
Creating a data recovery plan incorporating cloud technology is an important way to counteract all of these potential problems. Backing up your data – all of your data – is an important component of this approach. Some of the benefits of cloud backups include:
- They occur constantly, and your data can be fully encrypted in transit and at rest in remote off-site data warehouses.
- The infrastructure is state-of-the-art and backed by an enterprise-level multi-regional secure architecture.
- Virtual machines can be developed in the cloud that allow you to continue to access your functions, even if you are in the thick of a weather-related disaster or man-made crisis.
- Data storage is efficient, redundant, and backed by the best security features today, making the cloud more secure than most on-premise IT infrastructures.
Managed service providers like CWPS can help your company migrate to the cloud and create a data backup and recovery plan that will ensure you never have to hire a data recovery services company. Data backups, secure cloud connections, and the development of virtual machines, are all important functions provided by managed service providers. Contact us today to find out how we can ensure the security of your data in the cloud.