According to an IDC Digital Universe Study, data security will be a key issue for IT managers over the next decade. But why? Our work computers have protection software to keep data safe. However, with the growth of BYOD and remote workers, company data is becoming more fluid. Data duplication and growth is set to increase 50x by 2020 – and close to 90% of that data will be unstructured information, such as files, email, video, etc.
Think about it –
You collaborate with your colleagues on a project, emailing or uploading the necessary files via Dropbox from your protected corporate PC. Then, you need to reference the file at home, so you open your email and download it to your personal laptop. You make changes, email it back to yourself so it will be waiting for you as a reminder in your inbox when you get to your desk the next morning.
All of that data was duplicated. All on enpoints. And according to the IDC study, there’s a 50/50 chance that any of that data was protected as it moved from one place to another.
And that’s just you – not to mention the other recipients of the data.
More collaboration + more duplication = more data. And IT departments are increasingly responsible for all that data.
So how do companies continue to allow their employees the freedom to work on multiple endpoints, while also maintaining control over sensitive company data?
The key lies in staying ahead of the data security problem with an effective endpoint backup strategy.
A recent Computer Weekly survey shows that disaster recovery and virtual server backup are 2 of the most important issues facing IT departments in 2014. And the cost of cloud storage has been decreasing, making it easier and more cost effective for people and corporations to use. But IT has major concerns with cloud storage, including #1 compliance, #2 protecting company data.
With the right endpoint backup system, you can address both issues. Automated backup takes the responsibility out of the hands of the user – their devices and all corporate data are continuously backed up without any interruption to their normal workflow. And with that system in place, IT can now have a single place to go for e-discovery, legal hold, and information security. It also makes recovery easier, in case of complete data loss.