Top Five Epic Fails of Enterprise Endpoint Backup

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Manual, user-initiated backup to external drives

Surprisingly, many companies still attempt to protect endpoint data by asking or requiring employees to manually back up their data to external drives. This approach can be very costly, especially if the company has thousands of employees purchasing these devices and subsequently charging them back to the company. And once the users obtain the drives, they tend to forget or refuse to back up their devices. Additionally, these drives are frequently lost or stolen, thus compromising the data they were meant to protect. As a best practice, enterprises should keep a minimum of two copies of data backed up in separate locations.

Traditionally, "backup" referred to protecting and storing information on a server in an onsite data center. It was a predictable task, and business data lived in a controlled environment that underwent regularly scheduled updates by IT.

Fast forward to today: Enterprises have experienced a major shift in where data lives. Driven by bring your own device (BYOD), the consumerization of IT and a highly mobile workforce, critical enterprise data has moved from the data center to end-user endpoints (and seemingly beyond the reach of IT). The reality is that IT administrators are facing an unpredictable, de-centralized environment in which they have far less control and visibility into what's happening with enterprise data.

Some have made the shift to the edge successfully, while others have not. In this slideshow, endpoint data protection and management provider Code42 outlines five of the most common mistakes and outdated methods associated with protecting endpoint data.


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