World Backup Day 2018 Share Would you bet your business on your backup? You may have to, whether you like it or not. Ransomware is so prevalent that sooner rather than later you are more likely than not to find yourself the target of a ransomware attack. If your business is hit with a successful ransomware attack, it could cost you sales, cripple your business and potentially even mean your data is held hostage. The best offense is a good defense While you may not be able to completely stop a ransomware attack, you can protect your data. World Backup Day on March 31st was an excellent reminder that data protection is essential for any person or business. If you don't already have a solid backup plan, here are a few good reasons to create one today. It's Better to Be Safe Than Sorry Losing data may not be like misplacing your keys, but it is far easier than you may think. You may not lose data because of a ransomware attack or a natural disaster - it could just as easily be human error. Maybe the drive was dropped, perhaps someone spill coffee on it, the files could be accidentally deleted or it's possible you just misplaced your backup drive. Hopefully your data won't ever be stolen, lost or destroyed, buy you won't ever regret being prepared for the alternative. You Can Cut the Downtime If you don't have a backup in place, your business may grind to a halt if important data is lost or destroyed. In some industries, without your valuable data, your employees won't be able to do their jobs. Without a backup, you are forced to start from scratch - and collecting required data could take longer than you'd like. Some Data is Irreplaceable Data is its own form of currency and can be quite valuable. But for a business, some data is actually irreplaceable and can't be recovered, replaced or recreated. If you don't have a recovery plan, the downtime while you try to decide what to do can be expensive and it may actually be impossible to recover everything. If you lose your invaluable, irreplaceable data, your business may never recover. Don't Forget Backup Checks Not only is it essential to create and put data backups in place, but you also need to make sure that they work. Checking the quality of your data backups periodically ensures that the backup is good and can be used to recover everything you want if the need arises. You don't want to find out that the file was corrupted or not set up correctly after you've lost your data and are trying to recover it. If you want to learn more about protecting your data, Contact Us today!