Are You Backing Up Your Data On-Site? Here’s Why That May Be A Bad Thing

Are You Backing Up Your Data On-Site? Here’s Why That May Be A Bad Thing

data-bearer-1313000_640Malware and ransomware. Catastrophic hardware failure. Accidental or intentional deletion. Lost or stolen devices.

There’s a lot of bad stuff that can happen to your business’s data – a lot of unfortunate events that can leave you without access to mission-critical files.

You’re probably aware of that, to some extent. After all, you watch the news, right? These days, it seems like you can’t even throw a rock without hitting a story about the latest data breach, or malware, or natural disaster, or hardware failure.

Take the recently-discovered Petya ransomware, for example. This nasty piece of work – which many thought could very well be the next WannaCry – hit over 12,000 devices in 65 countries in late June. Spread primarily via phishing attacks, the ransomware (which lacks a kill switch like WannaCry) infected its targets system, demanding up to $300 in bitcoin to unlock.

Pretty standard, except for the fact that the email tied to the bitcoin account is inactive.

Although the original author of Petya has since come forward to help decrypt the ransomware, the damage it’s already caused drives home the importance of good practices with your data backups. And one of the most important of those practices – automation aside – is that you maintain your backups off-site. There are a few reasons why that’s important:

  • If your office is struck by some form of disaster – flood, fire, etc. – and your only backups are onsite, you might as well not have had them at all.
  • If you maintain onsite backups that aren’t properly air-gapped from the rest of your network, they’re easy prey for malware or ransomware.
  • An internal bad actor who wants to harm your organization could easily do so with access to your physical backup drives.

Backups are the best defense against ransomware, malware, and a range of other digital threats. The problem is that if you aren’t properly maintaining and managing yours, they aren’t going to do you much good. Your best bet? Find a host that can handle things for you – a host like Liberty Center One.

Our SWAN backups, for example, feature EMC Avamar with 100% data verification every day. You can move your backups offsite with ease using the most optimized data duplication system available – and we’ll handle everything from setup to monitoring daily backup processes.  We always encrypt data in-flight to ensure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, and provide single-step recovery at the block or file level.

And all this takes place in our tier 3, high-availability data center, with infrastructure including multiple carriers on multiple fiber trunks, redundant UPS, redundant generators, and uncompromised security. And this is all available to you even if you aren’t hosting with us. Because at the end of the day, we believe the ability to backup your data quickly, easily, and worry-free is mission-critical no matter the size of your business, and no matter your industry.

Contact us today to learn more.

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