Data Backup and Security: The Importance of Outsourcing Data Management
We certainly are in the age of big data: more than 90% of the world’s data has been created over the last several years, and the amount of data is doubling roughly every two years. By 2020, IDC estimates that we will produce 44 zettabytes of data every year — that’s 44 trillion gigabytes! This includes all of the data that humans produce through various online activities, in addition to the data collected by Internet of Things devices.While this massive amount of data is a great tool for businesses and marketers, it is often an overwhelming amount of data for companies to store and secure — especially if they have a small IT department. That’s where outsourcing data management comes into play, by utilizing virtual and physical data centers to protect company data. This step is especially important to take in a world that is experiencing an increase in ransomware and cyber attacks. Data centers can help to not only make your data more secure against cyber attacks, but also to back up your data in multiple places for use in the event that your company experiences a ransomware attack.
As ransomware attacks increase in size and strength globally, many businesses and consumers are taking the necessary steps to ensure that they are not a victim of ransomware. Take, for example, the recent global WannaCry ransomware attack. Businesses and individuals are now investing more in regular data backups and storage, both virtually and on external hard drives. Data storage for businesses at a data center serves as a stronger way to protect company and client data from malware like WannaCry, especially if the data is backed up offsite or in the cloud. Additionally, many data centers offer the latest protection against malware and other security threats, so that threats cannot infiltrate your stored data.
Proper data storage and protection should not be dismissed as a needless expense, especially in the age of big data. Many onsite IT departments are ill-equipped to properly secure company computer systems and massive amounts of data. Further, businesses and individuals alike can be victims of ransomware if the proper precautions are not taken in advance. This may lead to victims paying the ransom, especially if it’s a small fee. This is the least desirable course of action to take because it shows that the victim will be a good target for a future attack, since they’re more likely to pay the ransom.