Data Analytics and Better Backups

Data AnalyticsWith data hacking and ransomware on the rise, cybersecurity, backups and the protection of sensitive data has become more vital than ever. Companies are beginning to store a large amount of confidential information on their computer systems, readily accessible to data thieves and hackers when the wrong protection processes are in place. These attacks can cause devastating financial losses, hurt your business’ reputation and halt workflow. Today, many companies still do not follow or even have a backup and recovery plan because they underestimate the possibility of data corruption happening to their business. Backup and recovery services have become an absolute necessity for managing data and cannot be overlooked.

As we continue to see a movement towards cloud services, it is imperative that users be able to backup and recover from various online cloud platforms and distinguish between mission-critical and business critical data. Cloud computing requires backups to address multi-tenant environments and achieve full recovery features and data from not only the computer, but also smartphones and tablets that may be used in business operations. As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies become more widespread in the workplace, a large amount of data is being stored, making the backup process more cumbersome than ever before. This is where data analytics can help.

When BYOD technology is synced to company systems, information from mobile phones, social media and other sources is being stored and backed up alongside the business’ mission-critical data. According to the IDC, every human being will generate 1.7 terabytes of data by 2020. That is a lot of useless data that your business is spending time, money and resources backing up and storing. Data analytics helps alleviate this problem by analyzing the backups to see if a certain file should in fact, be backed up. When a problem occurs and the system goes down, mission-critical data needs to be turned on immediately. Data analytics makes data-driven decision, finds the data that is critical to the business’ continuity plan and reduces time spent auditing that data. The analytics can even alert admins of potential problems or when important files are not being backed up. With the benefits data analytics provides to the backup and recovery process, we may start to see backup and recovery become more and more of a priority to businesses worldwide.


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Author: Drew W.
Key Information Systems