Written by Chris Thornton
Your infrastructure should reflect the needs of your business – but choosing exactly how you protect and back-up your data can be confusing…
While cyber-security is a business necessity, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every organisation. Backing-up data on-site may well be good practice, but that strength becomes a weakness if your premises are vulnerable to hardware-damaging disasters, like flooding or fire. Similarly, while off-site cloud backup reduces the risk of loss by damage, it also takes sensitive data out of your hands, and increases the threat of hacking or exposure.
We encourage our clients to think about their organisation’s individuality: do your employees use mobile devices? Do you have the physical space to host storage at your premises? How vulnerable is your business to ‘natural’ disasters? Could your employees carry out their work off-site, if necessary?
Understanding ‘how’ you need to back-up data will help you decide ‘what’ you need to get the job done. Before your begin assembling an infrastructure, you’ll need a clear plan…
Modern backup requirements are vastly different to those of 10 or even 5 years ago. While small, portable USB storage devices used to be sufficient (hard disk drives and solid state drives), the needs of small businesses have grown.
Today, the key to a successful backup infrastructure is flexibility and scalability. Your backup needs to offer the reassurance that your data is safe from a spectrum of threats, while also bringing mobility and adaptability: letting employees work from home, travel the world and collaborate with others. With that in mind, two backup strategies suit the needs of the modern SME:
Creating a solid backup infrastructure not only represents protection for your data, but actually enables your business. Cloud storage can easily form part of a hybrid solution in which some of your data is exported to the cloud, while some is kept within reach, on-site. This flexibility allows for quick, easy and secure transfer of data while, at the same time, offering your employees the chance to work remotely and expand your operational capabilities to a larger client base.
What kind of cyber-security infrastructure have you built? Are you confident your back-up strategies are getting the job done? If not, get in touch…
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