I will start this article by sharing some uncomfortable information. Uncomfortable- when we talk about the huge figures of data breaches, thefts and data losses, it brings an unpleasant feeling. It shows that despite of what we think of the ever-increasing capabilities in IT security ecosystem, we are still vulnerable to the threats. However, many businesses still don’t take adequate measures to ensure data security. So, the best way to start this article is to share the facts and figures that highlight the security vulnerabilities in IT ecosystem:
- Total number of records that were revealed due to various reasons including negligence or not following the best safety standards: 7.8 Billion - A leap of 24.2% as compared to 6.3 billion records that were exposed in 2016
- Records that were unintentionally exposed to the Internet: 5 Billion+ - That was one of the major causes of Data Breaches in 2017
- The most preferred method of breaches: Hacking - Hacking was the preferred method for as much as 60% of all data breaches
While the above data highlights the need to follow strict security guidelines for protecting your data, it also highlights the need of introducing robust backup system. In fact, having backup of your website data can protect you from significant loss even during unexpected situations.
What is Website backup?
Website Backup refers to storing the updated data of your website on a periodical or regular basis so that in case of hacking, malware, virus attack or another type of unexpected and damaging situations, you should be able to prevent the loss of key data.
Why do I need website backup plan and what are the benefits of backup system?
There are a number of factors that engenders the need of backing up your website. Many businesses might feel uncomfortable accepting that their website has several vulnerable points and its security can be compromised at any point of time.
However, the figures and data in the recent past prove that even some of the biggest sites cannot boast of 100% security and there have been instances when such sites have been hacked and it left a very negative impact on their brand and business. On a positive note many of such businesses are able to minimize the loss as they already had excellent data backup plans in place. Hence, backing up your data helps you in saving the maximum loss of key data even during the worst situations.
However, people still have some myths regarding data backups. Today we will know about the various myths and the reality:
Myth#1: The hosting provider is responsible for the backup plan and I don’t have any reason to worry about the same.
- While it is true that in many cases the hosting provider takes the care of managing your resources or ensuring the optimal performance of various websites, they cannot be obliged to backup your website data until or unless it is explicitly mentioned in your contract.
- Many reputed hosting providers do back up the crucial data of their clients as a part of their fair practice policy but it is more of an ethical choice and not an obligatory service.
- Besides, it is also possible that the latest backed up copy of your website data might be a month (or specific time period) older and in that case, you will lose key data of an entire month (or specific time period). In most cases, you need to instruct your hosting provider that you need your data to be backed up and this service requires you to pay a specific amount periodically.
Myth #2: Clients having CMS framework don’t generally require additional security
- A large number of websites operate on CMS today and many reputed CMS like Word Press or Drupal are open source platform thus it offers an unrestricted access to a vast number of users who can explore vital parts of these CMS like coding!
- There is a huge thriving friendly community of these CMS who use easy access for making these CMS more secured and offer better performance.
- At the same time there are number of hackers who can misuse the access and make damaging changes to the coding.
Myth# 3: I don’t need a backup plan as I have already backed my sensitive data in my personal machine!
- You have your data backed up on your local machines but what if it breaks down or becomes victim to any of other technical glitch.
- In that case, you would not be able to get the desired benefit of the data backup exercise. In short all the efforts and time invested to secure your data would prove to be futile
- While you should not abandon the idea of saving your data on your local machine it is highly recommendable to have another copy saved with your hosting provider or a genuine third party provider.
- However, it is better to get it saved by your hosting provider as in that case the costs would be less as compared to hiring external data security providers.
- What matters here is that any entity you entrust with your data saving plan should have the proper infrastructure, experience and trained manpower to offer you reliable services.
Myth No.4: I have come to know that even without data recovery plan I can still restore some portions of my site
- Though it is absolutely right that you can be able to restore several things even after surviving site disaster you never know about the exact thing that you would be able to recover.
- As we already know that in the IT ecosystem of any corporate there are a number of activities, files or mechanism are interlinked with each other. What if you are able to recover some things but lack access to the key link that actually plays the vital role in the proper and intended utilization of the “specific thing” that you have recovered? It can completely defeat the objective of recovering the specific portion