Top 10 Pitfalls of Traditional Data Backup Methods - Slide 4

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The number one cause of data security breaches in the U.S. is theft. A significant percentage of theft is associated with lost or stolen data backup tapes. There are several weak links that often lead to theft of data backup tapes. First is when they sit out or near the server or backup unit itself and can be snatched by thieves. Second (and by far the bigger issue) is when data backup tapes are transported to offsite storage locations, especially by third-party providers. There are many known data breaches resulting in class-action lawsuits when a third-party provider 'misplaces' backup tapes. Third is the storage itself. Many smaller organizations, and some larger, will have an employee take the tapes home rather than paying for third-party transport and storage.

Data backup is a fundamental part of nearly every organization’s disaster recovery and business continuity plans. But long gone are the days when you had a simple tape backup drive connected to a computer with a single tape that would back up days and weeks worth of data to a single tape.

The volume of data organizations back up is enormous and growing larger all the time.  Different strategies have been used by companies to back up their data. Larger, more sophisticated tape backup systems are often used. More progressive organizations have employed remote data backup services where data is backed up over the Internet to a secure facility. Regardless of which method companies use, Perimeter CTO Kevin Prince says there seem to be some common pitfalls that can severely affect a company’s processes and bottom line.

Using an up-to-date remote data backup solution with such features as file de-duplication, in-file de-duplication and compression will not only solve the problems of traditional tape backup and older remote data backup solutions, it will save you thousands of dollars in what is ultimately a far superior solution. If you got burnt when trying a previous iteration of remote data backup or still use a tape backup system, now is the time to evaluate a better solution in order to avoid these common pitfalls.

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