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  1. Cloud Backup 101

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    People are increasingly relying on cloud storage for both personal and professional information because of the various benefits it provides. However, using the cloud for data storage does not negate the necessity to back up your most important information in other locations. Cloud storage has its benefits: flexibility, high security, and the ability to access it anytime from multiple different devices. In many ways, the cloud is comparatively safer than other types of data storage.

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    Should I Back Up My Cloud?

    Although there are many advantages to the cloud as a data storage solution, you also face certain risks, some of which can be mitigated by backing up your most vital data. Here are a few reasons why having local copies of important information is a wise idea:

    1. Human Error and Syncing Issues

    Although your data is generally safe when it’s in the cloud, a technical issue with a service could cause your data to be erased. You also can accidentally overwrite or erase critical data, which would be a big misfortune if you didn’t have the information backed up locally. When you’re switching service providers, there also is a risk of data getting lost in the transition.

    2. Cybersecurity Breaches

    Cyber threats are an evolving yet always present problem in the digital age. If you are the victim of a data breach or malware attack, you could lose your data or have to pay a steep price to recover it. According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost incurred by a business for each stolen or lost record is $158. With local backups, your company is more resilient and can return to business as usual quickly and efficiently after a cyberattack.

    3. Service Crashes

    Although highly unlikely, a service may experience a problem and erase your data, which is what happened in 2009 with Microsoft’s Sidekick servers when roughly 800,000 users lost access to their personal data. If the services you use crash or are temporarily interrupted, your access to mission-critical data becomes restricted, which can disrupt the flow of your business, negatively impact your clients and cost you time and money.

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    How to Back Up Your Cloud

    If there is data you’ve been compiling over the years or that is critical for personal or business reasons, you shouldn’t rely solely on the cloud to keep your data safe. It’s equally important to have local backups of this data.

    The Google Takeout page allows you to download your data from numerous Google services, such as Drive, Contacts, Google+, and YouTube. You can also export and download your calendars from the Google Calendar website on the Settings screen. LastPass is a smart solution for exporting your passwords and notes as an encrypted file.

    Certain cloud platforms, like Azure, have internal backup and data recovery systems, and they provide complete user control when it comes to how and where backed-up data is stored.

    These are a couple of examples of services that can help businesses in the southwest locate and create a local copy of your most important data. You can also get recommendations and assistance from a company that provides IT and business tech solutions, such as Integrated Axis Technology Group (IA).

    IA is the go-to firm in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, for boosting the cybersecurity protocol of your business and ensuring your data is preserved in case of human error, malicious attacks by hackers, and technical failure.

  2. How Secure is Your Cloud?

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    How Secure is Your Cloud?

    When you own a business, your personal data is often intermixed with your organization’s information. Even if you don’t use your own devices to access your cloud storage, you could still have personal details at risk.

    Protecting your business and cloud storage is always essential. Most businesses handle a wide range of data that, if exposed, could cause everything from plummeting brand perception to compliance issues and even the interruption of your normal operations. When you are the owner or a key stakeholder, you face even more risk. Your own cloud networking could put your personal banking, identity, and account information at risk.

    How Secure Is Your Cloud?

    While cloud storage is affordable, scalable, and provides you with a pristine copy of your important files in the event of an emergency or disruption, those files need to be stored securely. If you are unsure of the measures your organization or a provider is taking to secure your cloud data, you could be at risk. The type of firewall or virus protection used for personal computing is not enough for a business, and it’s not a security solution. Cloud security is essential for any brand with a network.

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    Cybercriminals have figured out an important fact — the more you need your data, the more you’ll pay to get it back. The ideal target for criminals who launch ransomware and similar attacks is not a huge enterprise. They tend to target small to mid-sized brands that rely on data to operate. This means that small businesses face more risk than ever before, particularly those that store sensitive financial, medical, or legal information. Health care providers and centers have become incredibly appealing targets because they can’t treat patients without records and data.

    Lawyers, retailers, and finance brands face a similar risk. They have a lot of data that they need to access, but that data also needs to be protected. Shortfalls in data security are typical for these types of businesses. Ones that may not have an onsite dedicated IT team to ensure business security. Data and cloud protection must be up-to-date and adequately protect the organization and clients.

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    While every brand is different, yours should be able to detail the steps your brand is taking to protect your cloud. If you don’t know and don’t have a dedicated business security pro on hand, your business is likely at increased risk. You’ll also likely have an increased risk if you have data security measures in place but aren’t regularly updating them, training employees to spot phishing, or insisting on good password choices.

    How many days could your business run without your network? If you aren’t sure, don’t know what measures you have in place, or know their effectiveness, we can help. Integrated Axis Technology Group provides seamless, integrated solutions and cloud services designed to ensure one of your organization’s most significant assets —your data — is secure. Contact us today for a checkup to see how we can help you protect your Arizona business from those who seek to harm you.