Your business' data is integral to the functioning of your business, and like anything important, it ought to be protected.
Lost data cannot be replaced. Fortunately, computer data can often be easier to protect than physical media. A backup is a copy of your data and it's a good idea to regularly make them. Backups are easy to perform and increasingly inexpensive. Hard drives and other storage devices can fail, so having your data on more than one device can save you a lot of trouble.
But what if all your backups are kept in the same place? You might be safe from hard drive failure, but what if there's a fire or a flood? Electronic data can still be destroyed by physical threats, and if all your backups are kept in the same place then you have little or no protection from physical threats.
The solution is offsite backups. Having an extra copy of your data in another location can help protect your data. With the Internet, making and maintaining offsite backups is easier than ever. There are many options for offsite storage:
- Cloud storage
- Storing data on your own server
- Specialized backup services
- Keeping a portable drive outside your business
While computer data may not look like traditional storage, it is important to remember that it needs to be protected in all the ways your other data storage is protected. It's also important to know that if you used a cloud-based service, or other storage service, you trust them with potentially sensitive information. You should look carefully at these companies, and the laws of the country in which they operate, before trusting them with your data.