An IT specialist is on a crusade to make fellow businesspeople wake up to the importance of data backup to continuity planning as cybercrime continues to be a growing menace to trade and industry.
A study last year found that while 36% of businesses back up their data entirely, the same number take no action at all, but the stakes are simply too high to ignore the issue, warns Austen Clark, of managed services provider Clark Integrated Technologies.
Mr Clark said: “We are living in a data-driven society and data is crucial to the smooth running of any business.
“As such, backing up data is an essential security measure in today’s computing world. The rise in ransomware attacks which effectively take data hostage from business is just one example of how data loss can happen. An attack can have financial implications and can cost hundreds or thousands of pounds to businesses.
“Data has gained intrinsic value, either in the staff time needed to generate it or in its relevance to your clients. Data loss, both accidental and due to theft, costs millions of pounds to businesses every year.”
World Backup Day today seeks to make everyone aware about the increasing role of data in their lives and the importance of regular backups.
Mr Clark has become a leading voice in highlighting dangers that cybercrime poses not just to multi-national names that hit the headlines when a breach is exposed but to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and has spoken on the subject at a number of leading business security conferences.
Mr Clark said: “The internet brings vast opportunities but with that comes risks and every single day businesses face cyber attacks, with attempts to steal information and money, or disrupt business. It is increasingly important to manage these risks to take advantage of the internet whilst protecting your business.
“Businesses must focus on protecting data and standardisation and use independent advisers to manage their interests. If a business does become the victim of hacking, it’s important to dissect a breach after it has occurred as this can help understand how to prevent it from happening again. However, like most things, prevention is so much better than cure.”