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Thieves Want Your Backup Data

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Are you aware how valuable your company’s data is? If you lost it all today, what would it cost your business in terms of productivity, downtime, and liability? In order to keep you data safe your company needs to develop and implement a plan to back up and secure this valuable information.

Your back up contains all your valuable data, including financial and employee information. If you save all of your data to one location a hacker could locate your backup, take a copy, and successfully restore it, and gain access to all of your data at the point of the backup. This is just like breaking into your office and stealing your all your file cabinets. Once that is done they’ll be able to steal contact information, banking codes, licenses, and the identities of your employees, customers, and even yourself!

While there are several backup solutions available to protect your business, some are more vulnerable than others. Backup solutions that use external hardware as the location of the backup files are more susceptible to invasion than those that store the information digitally. A prime example of this vulnerability is the use of portable storage devices like tape drives and external hard drives.

When tape and external hard drives become full with data backups, users typically store them with a pile of the rest of the full copies at an onsite location. The problem is that the security of their backed up data is only as good as the physical security of their building.  To most businesses, securely storing these copies is an afterthought, after the already tedious process of making sure the data is backed up. These backup drives are stored in locations like closets or on server room shelves and are usually poorly labeled.

If a burglar were to break into your office building and ransacked the closet where you back up data are stored they could make a fortune selling your sensitive information to identity thieves. what if you had an extremely disgruntled employee who understood the value of your old external hard drive and hijacked it? They could use it to blackmail you or to gain leverage with your competition. If you haven’t thought about comprehensive methods of securing your physical backup copies, you’re exposing yourself to some major liability.

 Digitally storing your backup data is the optimum solution. When managed correctly, it is a more secure and effective solution for any business. When utilizing digital storage some security measures would still need to be put in place. Encrypting your files is a standard data security practice that is very effective in keeping your data backups safe. To a hacker who managed to get a hold of your backed up data, the files would appear as a confusing stream of letters, numbers, and symbols; rendering the file worthless to them. Whenever you encrypt your data, you control an encryption key that takes the form of a secure password giving you access to your files and shows them to you the way they are supposed to appear.

When considering your options the best possible data backup solution is a Backup Disaster and Recovery (BDR) device. Quikteks offers this solution to prevent malicious hackers, disgruntled employees, accidents, and disasters from robbing you of your vital company information. BDR can back up your company data to a customized off-site location with outstanding security that ensures your files can’t be easily accessed by unwanted eyes, or destroyed when your network goes down in an accident.

Quikteks can implement a BDR solution for your business. Quikteks will perform a free network audit for your company to show you where and how your network is vulnerable. We can also make suggestions on what technologies can help protect your business from hacks. Don’t hand your data over to hackers. Put some strong barriers up by giving Quikteks a call today at PHONENUMBER.