People are divided into two groups – those who make backups and those who will start. Losing data is not a catch – it even got its day. Specifically, March 31. That is why we want to warn against this problem.
“It does not concern me, I never lost any data” – such words are asking for a breakdown, a disk, ransomware attack (check the list of anti-viruses), or just bad luck. According to the Data Breach Index, a website investigating data breaches, in 2018 an average of 18.5 million data records per day were lost. That gives 214 every second. In mid-2018, it was estimated that over 3.5 billion records were violated or seized by unauthorized entities. That’s 72 percent. more compared to the same period of the previous year.
Before we panic, let’s think about how to preserve your data more effectively. We can send data to the cloud, e.g. on Google Drive or Dropbox, or keep it on physical media. Are any of these methods better? We asked Mark working in a data protection company.
- It is difficult to state clearly what is better for backup – cloud or physical disk. Certainly, I can say that backup is a much safer backup in the cloud – he emphasizes. – Cloud service providers use server rooms that guarantee the highest level of security and data availability, using solutions that are simply unprofitable for the average enterprise – he points out.
In the case of backup to the cloud, the cost of maintaining the infrastructure or ensuring its high availability is distributed among its users, which translates into a decidedly lower final price for the client than if the same technologies and security were to be implemented in the local infrastructure.
As for local backup, be it hard disks, tapes or other media, very often backups are located exactly in the same location as the data being secured. In this way, companies can protect against failures of individual devices, or even in the event of ransomware.
- If a company catches a real catastrophe, for example a flood or a fire, it may turn out that the data has been lost with backups – adds Mark. – Of course, local backup solutions have certain advantages over the cloud, such as the backup time, which will be much faster, because it does not have to be transmitted over the Internet, and this takes place in the local network – he emphasizes.
As a rule, solutions of this type can also provide much more effective solutions in the field of disaster recovery, because everything takes place in the local infrastructure.