World Backup Day

Among many other distinctions, today – 31 March – is World Backup Day. Originally the outcome of a Reddit thread about poor backup habits (hence the chosen date – if you don’t back up your data today you’ll be a fool tomorrow), the day has now evolved into an awareness-raising campaign that all computer users should heed.

With more and more information stored electronically, and cyber security threats increasing inexorably, the need to maintain secure copies of your data has never been more important. Although data breaches often leave the source material intact, some cyber attacks destroy systems. Electronic data is vulnerable; if you no longer had access to your information, what would you do?

Cloud storage

Cloud services provide one of the easiest opportunities for backing up; indeed, many Cloud solutions will automatically sync files to the Cloud without users needing to make any effort themselves. But Cloud systems are not impervious to attack.

The recently released 2015 Vormetric Insider Threat Report – Cloud and Big Data Edition found that 80% of enterprise organisations now make some use of Cloud-based services and infrastructure systems, with 54% claiming to keep company-sensitive data in the Cloud, but confidence in the security that Cloud storage solutions offer is keeping adoption rates down. Many users admit to being inhibited by “[increased] risk, the need to manage and protect more data, and a perceived lack of care from [Cloud] service providers.” KPMG’s IT Outsourcing Service Provider and Performance Satisfaction Study 2014/15 suggests that UK businesses much prefer to outsource their IT function.

ISO 27001

The international standard ISO 27001 sets out the requirements of an information security management system (ISMS), an enterprise-wide approach to information security that encompasses people, processes and technology. With an ISMS, every day is backup day, and you can be confident that your organisation’s data assets are secure.

If you’re concerned about the security of your organisation’s information assets, an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS will help address both. An ISMS streamlines your existing business processes, bringing them into line with international best practice while increasing the efficiency of your security function.

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