Why Data Protection Is Important for Small Businesses.
As a small business owner, we realize you have put an incredible amount of time into the development of your business. From the branding to hiring, you’ve been involved in it all. When it comes to increasing the functionality and success of your technology, you might not be well versed in all the applications, security measures, and technology advancements available today, and that’s why we’re here! Here at WesTech, our goal is to help leverage the current technology of your business to achieve greater capabilities.
According to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, small businesses are the target of 43% of phishing campaigns, meaning 1 in 40 businesses are at risk. This could be due to the fact that many new business owners aren’t educated in the importance and practices of security. Not only can these attacks cause system failures, but more importantly they compromise your critical data. Your customer and employees’ private, personal, and payment information can be hacked as well as your company’s proprietary data. In some cases, hackers demand a ransom in order for you to regain access of this information. In other cases, they will take the information they’re interested in and leave your computer files empty.
It is important for companies to back up their data for them to ensure they will always have access to and control of their important information. Keeping a record of your files, applications, and desktop specifics will ensure that you can get your systems up and running quickly after any hacks or natural disasters. When businesses have a cloud-based backup solution in place, they are able to reload their entire system and data as soon as they activate the backup. Storing your critical information in house can be simple and give companies the assurance they are seeking, but it is not recommended to only use physical in-house backups to tapes.
Using a cloud backup requires less in-house resources because it can be performed automatically and with less manpower. This method provides more security than in-house alternatives because cloud hosting companies have more secure environments and are up to date on the latest threats and how to defend against them. Cloud hosted back-ups are also protected against natural disasters that may occur to your physical location.
There are a lot of companies who can provide your business a secure backup method, but how do you choose?
You should seek a company with a strong reputation and a service offering that fits your specific needs. With their experience, companies should be able to highlight the successful partnerships they’ve achieved with other small businesses and the amount of time they guarantee to provide in the event of a disaster.
These companies should also be confident in their data centers. These centers should provide the optimal environments for physical servers’ performance to ensure the systems are always running efficiently. Some data centers even acquire security certifications which highlight their quality further. Finally, you should inquire about who will be performing the backups. The most secure backup providers utilize expert technicians who monitor the progress and completion of your backups as well as proactively defend the cloud environment.
Here at Westech, we have the experience and training to provide you with a successful backup and disaster recovery plan. Our team is proud to offer a private cloud which is constantly being upgraded to defend against the newest security threats. We have worked with numerous local small businesses and would love to walk you through the process of backing up your data and to show you the success we’ve achieved. Our team is dedicated to providing solutions that give our customers peace of mind for a more efficient and secure business. If you are curious about our solutions or ready to protect your business today, give us a call to learn more!