Take action now if you’re relying on cloud synching services to back up your data

If you’re assuming that your cloud synching and sharing services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, are acting as your backup or are taking responsibility for automatically backing up all your data, then, please, think again!

Posted by The PC Support Group

Mon 12th, Aug

The fact that some businesses are making this assumption came across loud and clear at an event we hosted recently to help improve SME’s cybersecurity awareness and skills.  

 

It’s an understandable assumption to make, but it’s also a dangerous one too – that could extract a heavy price if you fall victim to a determined cybercriminal. Let me explain why and what to do to keep your priceless data and systems safe.

 

The boom in cloud-based services is transforming the way businesses operate, with fantastic new capabilities now at our fingertips. But it’s also a complex, and at times confusing marketplace, with new, multi-layered products and services emerging all the time, each trying to outdo their rivals with more and more features and functionality, backed by persuasive sales and marketing campaigns.

 

It’s important to remember that, while cloud file sharing and storage solutions synch your data across multiple devices, this does not add up to a robust back up system. In fact, file syncing services cannot differentiate between ransomware-encrypted files and regular files, and therefore they can sync malware infected data! And ransomware attacks on businesses are rising, up 12% in 2018, with businesses now the victims of more than 80% of all successful ransomware infections.

As a specialist IT support and services company, The PC Support Group devotes significant resources to understanding these cloud-based products, their features, benefits and complexities, so that we can help our clients to make informed decisions about their IT. But for many SMEs, often with small teams and limited resources, it can be very difficult to navigate a safe course.

 

When it comes to backing up your data and systems, our golden rules are:

  • Assume nothing!
  • Question everything!
  • Be certain that you have a dedicated back-up solution over and above your file sharing solution
  • True cybersecurity is about having layers of protection – think of your premises with combinations of locks, alarms, password protected entry systems and CCTV.

 

If you’d like to discuss your backup options and how The PC Support Group can  help you to make the most of new technology – and keep your business safe – call our team on 03300 886116 or email us on info@pcsupportgroup.com for an informal and confidential chat.

 

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