Continuous data protection a must in modern business

Continuous data protection a must in modern business

Stephen Perkins

Some of the most massive and transformative instances of data breach and loss occurred in 2013, while negative trends such as information exposure and identity theft continue to intensify. Business leaders need to become more aggressive in their pursuits of continuous data protection, as loss and theft can lead to significantly challenging issues, including damaged brand recognition. 

Although cloud backup has become more popular in the past several years, many companies have viewed major events such as the Edward Snowden and National Security Agency scandal as a sign that different measures must be taken. As such, online data and server backup that is not managed in cloud-based environments will likely experience a resurgence in the coming year. 

A call to arms
InformationWeek recently reported that officials in several nations are working to organize a mass forum that will include discussions related to data protection. Failure to backup and secure corporate information represents significant risk in the data-driven markets of the modern business world, and some experts believe that the widespread lack of governance is already having a negative impact on certain economic segments. 

What's more, online backup for servers and data has become far more affordable and accessible, meaning that companies simply do not have an excuse for not getting the job done. According to the news provider, one group, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, wants to host an event similar to the Geneva Convention to unify and mobilize regulators and businesses for stronger information protection. 

"What people don't realize is this isn't something technology companies can address by themselves," Daniel Castro, senior analyst of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, told InformationWeek. "There's a tremendous economic impact if governments don't get involved in dealing with data protection laws – or worse, take an isolationist's approach to Internet governance and trade."

Get moving
Companies should not wait until it is too late to backup and protect their data, as even a small instance of loss can have dramatically negative repercussions. Danielle Walker, writing for SC Magazine, recently explained that the average cost of data loss is just under $586,000, while the common bill for downtime is roughly $500,000.

Few businesses have this kind of money to spare, and considering the affordability of online data and server backup, there should not be much to debate when it comes to information and infrastructure protection. 

Categories: Data Protection