5 reasons offsite backup should be a business requirement
Many companies have a data recovery plan, but not all of these companies include an offsite backup in that plan. Onsite data storage might be a solid way to keep your company’s data safe in the short term. But what about the long-term?
Onsite data: What’s the big deal?
Let’s face it … the likelihood that there will be a major disaster in your office is probably kind of slim. Most business owners aren’t exactly preparing for the zombie apocalypse. However, if you don’t take the proper precautions, there are a handful of onsite threats that can damage your business and take your data down with it.
But what exactly are these threats and how can they damage your data?
While we’ve already agreed the zombie apocalypse probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon, there are more “everyday” concerns you should be worried about.
1. Property Theft
No one expects their property to be stolen. Yet, if your data ended up in the hands of the wrong person, wouldn’t you want a copy of that data? While an offsite server can’t un-steal your data, it can protect your business from any further damage.
2. Data Breaches
Sometimes it’s not just your hardware that’s under attack. Oftentimes, threats can come in the form of data breaches where some (or all) of your data is compromised. An offsite backup can help you stay in business after this attack.
3. Fire, Explosion, or Natural Disaster
We’ve experienced more and more natural disasters over the past few years. Massive fires, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes have become a part of everyday life. Not to mention simple fires and explosions caused by human mistake. While your office might not survive such an event, an offsite backup can make sure your business does.
4. Human Error
We all make mistakes — like accidentally deleting files that should never have been deleted or dropping a laptop that should have never seen that side of the gravel. At the end of the day, an offsite backup can help you make it out of those upsetting moments alive — especially when those upsetting moments deal directly with onsite hardware and equipment.
5. Computer Viruses
Even the best firewalls can’t protect your data from every virus. And it doesn’t help that attackers are getting smarter and smarter every day. Though you can’t prevent attackers from trying to penetrate and infect your systems, you can prevent permanent data loss with an offsite backup solution.
Why choose offsite backup?
While the above examples are reason alone to protect your data with offsite backup, there are plenty of other reasons, too. Offsite data is:
- Secured on multiple levels — physically and technologically
- Monitored 24/7 by a team of professionals
- Stored in multiple geographic locations
- Safeguarded with the most advanced technology
Securing your data offsite can not only give you peace of mind, but it can also be one of the most responsible business decisions you make. When you backup your data offsite, you protect your company’s future.