This year has seen huge changes in where, when and how employees work. Working remotely is now widespread across Canada, and many companies aim to keep it that way.
In fact, a study from Regus Canada back in 2017 found that nearly half (47 percent) of all Canadian employees work from outside one of their employer’s main offices for half the week or more. With remote work only growing in popularity in 2020, it’s likely that figure is significantly higher today.
Remote work brings a number of productivity and wellbeing benefits for your employee’s, but at the same time it can also bring a number of technological challenges that require you to rethink your IT strategy.
With employers becoming more decentralized, your organization is now facing the challenge of still keeping its data centralized safe and backed up. To ensure you do so properly, you need to implement a data backup and recovery strategy that seamlessly integrates into your new work-from-home model.
What is data backup and recovery?
According to Cisco, more than 20 percent of businesses that experience data loss or suffer a cyber-attack lose customers as well. Shockingly, 40 percent of those companies lose more than 20 percent of their customers.
A successful data backup and recovery strategy, however, will significantly limit the impacts of data loss or cybercrime. In fact, data backup should form part of any organization’s disaster recovery plan.
Data backup and recovery is the simple process of backing up data so that your organization is able to recover that data in the event of a loss. By creating processes in which your company stores multiple copies of its important data, you will ensure that you’ll still be able access that data in the event of data deletion, corruption or cybercrime.
Why is data backup and recovery important?
Data backup and recovery is important for all companies, but it’s perhaps more important for remote workforces where the employer and IT departments have less control over the workflow of employees.
While cybercrime is the most common cause of data loss among businesses, there are a range of threats that make data backup and recovery important for your organization. We have covered a few of the most significant threats here:
Hackers, viruses and ransomware: Data from Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that cybercrime will cost the world more than $6 trillion annually by 2021, and that’s because data is now the most expensive commodity on earth. Through viruses, phishing scams and ransomware, hackers know that they can steal a company’s data and then blackmail them for money. You can completely nullify these crimes by properly backing up your organization’s data.
Natural disasters: A fire, flood, tornado and other natural disasters could completley wipe out all of the data you store in a specific location. If this happens, you have absolutely no way of recovering that data if the hardware is destroyed. Even the physical theft of your not-backed-up data will result in the permanent loss of that data.
Technology fails and employee hiccups: By storing data on just one piece of hardware, you’re leaving your organization open to a plethora of ways that data can be lost. If that piece of equipment fails, or your employee accidentally deletes it from the device, then you have absolutely no way of recovering that information.
How can I backup my company’s data for a remote workforce?
There are a number of easy ways to create backups of your data, and many office-based businesses simply use local and network backups to protect their data. That means using devices such as hard drives, storage devices and physical hardware to create multiple data storage locations.
This becomes more complex when your company is decentralized through remote work. Thankfully online backups and cloud backup solutions are a fantastic answer to backing up work-from-home data.
Cloud backups allow you to move your important data to an offsite, secure location where copies of your documents are stored on remote servers and accessed through an internet connection.
Cloud computing really is the future, and you can learn more about it in our blog ‘What is Cloud Computing and How Can My Business Benefit?’.
Want to make sure your company’s data backup and recovery plan is effective in preventing cybercrime and other data-loss threats? Contact OT Group today. Our team of technology experts would love to answer any questions that you may have.