In the blogs I have written recently, most them have been about what is going to happen in 2019 (or at least what is predicted to happen), and the Cyberthreat Landscape in general.  I think I even have mentioned briefly about some old Cyberattacks, most notably those of Phishing, BEC, and even Ransomware. 

The latter made big news headlines towards mid last year, and while Cyberattacks have been launched in this manner, it is simply not making the news headlines as it once did.

But this brings up a very important point, of which I need to write more about:  The importance of backing up your data on a regular basis.  Many organizations and individuals still fail to do this to some extent, but just imagine if all of a sudden, your laptop or even wireless device stopped working? 

After a few moments of a having a panic attack, you then calm down, and realize that you can simply just get a new device.

But after you get it, and it is configured for your environment, then what?  Where will you get all of your old files from?  This simple scenario underscores the need for an adequate data backup and recovery plan.  In fact, this has become such has a huge concern, that today, March 31st, has been designated officially as world “Backup Day”. 

This official designation goes all the way back to 2005, when March was officially declared as the world “Backup Month”. 

This is was introduced by a company called Maxtor (which was later acquired by Seagate Technologies).  Then later on, an individual by the name of Ismail Jadun then officially made the last day of March as the celebratory one.  More information about World Backup Day can be seen at the following link:

www.worldbackupday.com

But it seems like that the tide is changing in the way people now view the importance of backing up their data, and in fact, there seems to be a more proactive movement towards it.  According to a recent study conducted by a Cybersecurity firm known as “Acronis”, and here are some of their findings in it:

*From the standpoint of the average American consumer, an astounding 93% of the total number of respondents are backing up their critical information and data in some way, shape, or fashion; this represents an overall increase of 24% from 2018.

*But on the flip side, an alarming 65% of the same respondents also lost their critical information/data in the same time period.

*In terms of those respondents that owned a business, the survey found that:

               *35.1% are backing up their data on a monthly basis;

               *24.8% are backing up data on a weekly basis;

               *25.9% are backing up their data on a daily basis.

*Because of this uptick in businesses and corporations backing up their data, 69% of them have reported that they have not suffered any downtime if they were hit by a Security Breach, which is really great news.

*The survey also revealed that both business entities and individuals alike seem to value their information and data more now.  For example, over 70% of the respondents claimed that they would spend over $50 in order to retrieve it.

*Quite surprisingly, the choice of backup mechanism is kind of startling:

               *48% use an external hard drive;

               *14.6% use a separate partition on a hard drive;

               *37% of the respondents use the Cloud.

*On another flip side, when asked if they knew how important their information and data is, only 46% of the respondents realized the value of it.

Details on the study from Acronis can be seen here:

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190328005466/en/Acronis%E2%80%99-World-Backup-Day-Survey-Reveals-30

My thought on this?

Two things run across my mind about this survey:

  1. The mismatch between backing up data and losing data:

Although there is a much higher number of people backing up their data, how is it that they are still losing so much of it?  The researchers of this study claim that the respondents actually use multiple kinds of devices.  For example, they could be using a laptop, a Smartphone, and even another type of wireless device all at the same time.  But they may not be backing up all of the data for all of these devices.  They might back up the data for their laptop, but not their Smartphone.

  • The lack of using the Cloud:

I was actually quite surprised to see that a lower number of respondents actually don’t use the Cloud for data backup; but rather they use a portable device, such as a Clip drive.  I thought that the numbers would be the other way around on this one.

Well, I can give you my perspectives on data and information backup.  But I can only speak as an individual, not from the standpoint of a much larger business entity.  As for me, I backup my data all the time I even make the slightest change to a document.  As a freelance technical writer, most of my files are simply just .DOC files.

But, every time I make even just one slight alteration, I back up that document.  It sounds like a pain, but that is the practice that I have just evolved myself into.  Truthfully speaking, I primarily use the Cloud to backup all of my files.  I used to have an FTP server to back everything up, but once the ISP that I was using for that got bought out, all of my stuff just disappeared.

So, I am now using a dedicated source online that has been designed purely for backing up information and data.  I rarely ever use an external device, such as a Clip drive.  There have been a few times when I have used it, especially when it came time to finishing up my last book.  Although they are convenient, what happens if you lose it, or it gets stolen?

Also, keep in mind that these USB devices are also a primary source for Malware as well.  My advice on this regard is that never use one given to you by somebody else; always go the store and purchase one. 

Personally, I find that using Cloud data backup is much safer and easier to use.  For example, if you ever had to buy a new laptop, you can simply log into your Cloud based account, and within a short amount of time, you will have all of your original files in the same hierarchical format as they were on your previous laptop.

Also, at least in my field, versioning documents is important.  This simply means that you keep a running track of the original document with all of the edits, revisions, etc., until the final document has been accepted by the client.  Depending upon the field that you are in, you may want to consider doing the same as well.

So, enjoy World Backup Day, by backing up all of your data!!!