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5 Reasons You Need a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan

October 13th, 2022 by William Wentowski

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Data losses and the disasters preceding them can be distressing and costly. Even smaller data losses affecting 100 or fewer files will cost you lost revenue and downtime. Most businesses can't afford to suffer these costs, and their likelihood increases daily. At the organizational level, the total volume of lost data has increased by more than 400% in the past two years.

The costs only show one part of the many reasons why every business today needs to have a data disaster recovery and backup plan. However, there are other reasons you should consider implementing such a critical action. These include the following:

  1. Extensive Number of Threats

    Wherever there is data, there will also be a threat to that data. Data is an extremely valuable part of running a business and is open to various threats that can result in data loss and leaks. These include human threats, natural disasters, physical device damage, and technical threats. You need to do your due diligence to protect against most of these threats, but any vulnerability can easily jeopardize your data, which is why it is vital to have a plan that helps you navigate around any data losses or disasters that occur.

  2. Failure of Security Measures

    Even the most considered and strongest security measures tend to fail from time to time and let in viruses that cause massive harm to your business. Ransomware viruses can withhold the data of victims in exchange for ransom payments. However, even paying ransom to cyber criminals won't restore your data and is therefore frowned upon to discourage future attacks.

    What you need instead is a proper data disaster recovery and backup plan, which allows you to secure your data in the cloud, and you can also retrieve data versions that are uninfected and restore them to your old or cleaned device or a newer one.

  3. Losses in Productivity

    If you're relying on the data within your company to run your business, then your productivity levels will drop off the chart when you lose that data. The longer your data remains unrecovered, the longer your employees won't be performing for you. If this happens for a significant period of time, your profits may begin suffering as a direct consequence.

  4. Costs

    It can be expensive to recover lost data at the last minute, but if you plan and prepare ahead of time for losing your data, you can make quick decisions and not lose a substantial sum of money to data recovery. You will also face fewer productivity issues, as when you have a plan in place, you can limit the amount of time your business suffers from disaster or data loss and can then limit the scope of that damage as well.

  5. Permanent Data Loss

    If you don't have a data disaster recovery and backup plan in place, you will struggle to retrieve any data that you have lost. The ability to retrieve your data lies primarily in the actions you have taken to fortify that data for retrieval. That involves creating data backups using physical storage devices, and even though they may still be vulnerable to other threats that we have mentioned above, you can also rely on a cloud backup service, which will allow you to retrieve data quickly and efficiently, irrespective of how your data was altered or lost to begin with.

With the right plan in place, companies can protect themselves from all kinds of damage and help quickly restore their data after any disaster or data loss events. It will prevent the business from losing face in the industry or suffering a loss in reputation from their customers, whose data you may have lost. Having a data disaster recovery and backup plan helps you be prepared for everything and ensures you can retrieve your data quickly.

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