Data backup is crucial for businesses of all sizes, not just large corporates.

If your business uses or stores information of any kind, data integrity and security should be a top priority.

In a post-GDPR landscape, your SME’s ability to recover from data loss should be an essential element of your ICT delivery.

A data breach could have a devastating impact on your business, regardless of its size, causing downtime, lost revenue and huge regulatory, financial and reputational problems.

Viruses and malware are a major threat to your data, but other issues can compromise the integrity of the information you store.

Hard drive corruption, hardware failure, power outages, theft, datacentre or server failure, hacking, software corruption and even simple human error can all lead to data loss, which can significantly impact.

Here, we take a closer look at the importance of data backup for SMEs and the things you should consider to keep your data safe.

What is data backup?

As its name suggests, backup is all about keeping your business’ critical data safe, so it can be restored if it is lost, damaged, or you need to view a previous copy.

Backing up your data involves making copies of it from the original files so that if the original files get damaged, corrupted or lost due to viruses or malware, cyberattack, hardware failure, software faults or simple human error, your data can be restored.

Keeping regular backups of your data will also help protect your business against risks including:

  • Accidental deletion of files or emails
  • Misconfigured retention policies
  • Corrupted files that aren’t noticed until the corruption has been replicated
  • Compromised administrator accounts
  • Syncing issues causing filed to become corrupted
  • Malware attacks that go unnoticed before the affected files have been encrypted and replicated

Why backup is important

Cybercrime affects organisations of all sizes. Just because you’re an SME, it would be wrong – and unsafe – to assume that your business wouldn’t be of interest to organised cybercriminals or opportunist hackers.

According to the Government’s latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey, four in ten businesses (39%) reported cybersecurity breaches or attacks in the past 12 months.

Of those, one in four said they experienced attacks at least once a week, with phishing attacks and impersonation the most common form of hack.

Around 39% of businesses said they ended up losing money, data or other assets, while another third said they’d been negatively impacted in other ways.

The figures make for stark reading and show that even in a post-GDPR environment, where businesses of all sizes have a greater understanding of cybersecurity issues, there are still some significant gaps that need to be filled.

So, when it comes to backing up your business-critical data, here are five things to consider:

Business Continuity

Having a robust business continuity plan is vital. It should aim to reduce the length of downtime and business disruption caused by a data breach or cyberattack, keep data loss to a minimum and help to ensure GDPR compliance to protect your brand and your reputation.

Secure backups

Robust online backup is essential. There are many solutions available from the market’s leading vendors. As a minimum requirement, look for a backup provider that’s fully compliant with the NCSC Cyber Essentials scheme.

Staff vigilance

Your staff can often be the weak link in your cybersecurity arsenal. So, making sure they are trained and know what their responsibilities are in keeping your ICT systems, infrastructure and data safe is vital. Educating them about common cyber risks and making cybersecurity a major part of your business culture will help everyone take ownership of keeping your business data secure.

Antivirus

Malware evolves quickly. Hackers are continuously identifying vulnerabilities in installed applications and introducing new variants of malware to target them. This is one of the most common internal causes of data loss, so it’s essential to keep your anti-malware protection solution updated to protect against the latest threats.

Offline backups

The National Cyber Security Centre recommends that businesses make regular offline backups of their data alongside their cloud-based backups. This is because offline data cannot be deleted or altered, meaning at least one of your backups will always be available. We can help you understand the options available and the best solution for your business.

How can BCDR help?

BCDR provides industry-leading business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to help businesses get back up and running quickly in the event of a critical data loss.

We enable SMEs to secure their networks and data.
Unlike other providers, our service is primarily built around ensuring business continuity to keep downtime to a minimum so businesses can continue to provide exceptional service to their own customers.

If you’re looking for a new approach to business continuity and disaster recovery, we’ve got your back.

Get in touch today to find out more.