4 Data Backup Myths You Need to Know About

Failing to keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape might wipe your data in the blink of an eye. While there is a lot of fear surrounding cybersecurity, you don’t need to panic. Make a plan! One of our best recommendations is to make data backups a component of your cybersecurity plan. Not regularly backing up valuable data leaves your business and personal data vulnerable to evolving cyberthreats.
Data loss can occur due to multiple reasons that range from hard drive failures and ransomware attacks to natural disasters and human error. Whatever the reason, backing up your data can provide the relief you need by helping restore data on your devices should an incident occur.

When you begin your data backup journey to protect your data, therein your organization or home; there are several myths you’ll come across. Here are four of the most common data backup myths:

Backup Myths Debunked

Myth #1: Data Backup Is Too Expensive
Data loss can have a cascading effect, resulting in downtime, productivity loss, revenue disruptions, regulatory fines and reputational damage. The total cost of these setbacks is typically higher than the cost of a backup solution.

Myth #2: Having One Copy of Your Data Backed Up Is All You Need

The 3-2-1 strategy is a data backup best practice that involves having at least three copies of your data, two on-site but on different devices, and one off-site.

[3] Three copies of data: Having at least two additional copies of your data, in addition to your original data, is ideal.
[2] Two different mediums: Keep two copies of your data on different types of storage device such as internal hard drives and removable storage like an external hard drive or a USB drive.
[1] One off-site copy: Keep one copy of your data off-site, typically the cloud. This helps safeguard against worst-case scenarios.

Myth #3: Multiple Copies Guarantee Successful Backups
Having additional copies of your data by following the 3-2-1 strategy is a smart practice, but this doesn’t guarantee backups will operate as expected.
Beyond creating additional backup copies, regularly test backups to verify whether your backups are working properly since they may still be vulnerable to user error or data corruption.

Myth #4: Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Are the Same
While they sound as if their function is the same; data backup is the act of backing up critical data, disaster recovery is the act of recovering those backups.
Even though they are both vital components of business/home continuity or stability, they are not the same.
Another distinction is that while data backup is defined by the amount of data that must be restored to keep business/home operations running, disaster recovery is defined by the time it takes to recover the data.

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Trying to safeguard your organization/home against data loss on your own can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered!
We can make it easier for you to implement a long-term security and data backup strategy. Especially considering new, growing cyberthreats that target vulnerabilities you may have overlooked.

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