Friday, March 31 is World Backup Day, and in light of the many recent instances of data loss severely impacting businesses and consumers alike, take time to ask yourself what you’d do if you lost it all — all of your data, that is.

Regular data backups represent the difference between knowing your business could recover from an unthinkable catastrophe and feeling full-on panic at the first sign of disaster. If you back up your data automatically and regularly, you’ll know that everything is safe: client records, financial information, emails, photos, documents, and more.

While most people think that it’s sufficient to back up data to an external drive in your desk drawer or a USB drive you take home with you, that’s only one small step. Cybersecurity experts recommend the industry standard of 3-2-1 (3 copies of your data stored in 2 off-site locations, backed up a minimum of 1 time per day) and total encryption from end to end, both at rest and in transit. And don’t forget about disaster recovery, business continuity, and virtualization plans — the best data backup comes in “set it and forget it” mode so you can make sure you’re fully protected with minimal effort on your part.

It’s incredibly important that small and medium-sized businesses have reliable and regular data backups in place — that’s where CMIT Solutions comes in. If you’re interested in learning more about the services that CMIT Solutions provides to small-and medium-sized businesses across North America, please click here.