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If a company manages its work in the cloud, why not back it up there?

by Jessica Weisman-Pitts
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On World Backup Day, Check Point Software reveals the top five benefits of online backups; greater scalability, more autonomy, encrypted and protected data, easier file sharing and the ability to use any location

In today’s digital world, it is essential to implement tools that protect all kinds of digitized information, especially now that cyberattacks are a part of everyday life for all companies. According to the 2022 Security Report, prepared by Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, cyberattacks on corporate networks increased by 50% worldwide in 2021 compared to 2020.

World Backup Day occurs every year on the 31st March and at a time like this, it’s important to highlight the different ways in which companies can save their data. Largely because the question is no longer if a company will fall victim to a cyberattack, but when?

Most organisations use the cloud in part or in whole for their data storage and applications and it is particularly useful as a primary form of data backup due to its flexibility and scalability. Check Point points out the main advantages for a company when backing up via the cloud:

  • Greater scalability: in a physical location, the number of backups that can be stored will always have a limit due to the capacity of the hard drive. On the cloud, this does not happen, as cloud providers have a wide range of storage flexibility so that as more capacity is needed, it can be scaled up. In this way, depending on the expansion or reduction of a company’s business volume, data backup needs can be adjusted.
  • More autonomy: when a company has a remote backup service provider, it does not need to have knowledge on how to perform backups, nor extra training to execute the processes. They will be carried out automatically with the frequency that has been previously set.
  • From any location: the traditional way of making backups was characterized by the use of physical devices (originally floppy disks, then CDs and hard drives etc.). These types of media can be damaged, corrupted, lost or stolen. In addition, these devices are often stored in the office itself, so if an incident occurs, the information is lost. Implementing the remote cloud backup format has the advantage of being in a different location.
  • Encrypted and protected data: it is clear that physical storage devices can be damaged by misuse or system failure. In this case, data can be lost, something that does not happen in the cloud. The information is stored on private servers that prevent any type of failure thanks to their technology. Likewise, all systems are equipped with security and advanced encryption protocols.
  • Simplicity of file sharing: the tools available in the cloud usually include HTML5 programs that run directly in the browser. This means that your users don’t need specific software to access and edit them. Moreover, they allow multiple and simultaneous editing in real time. This opportunity to work online as a group has made corporate tasks easier and has made it possible to avoid wasting time in certain meetings. By simply sharing a link, everyone can open the document and edit it if necessary. This facilitates remote working and the convenience of workers, which is one of the main goals of cloud technology.

Technological progress has led more and more companies to start using new technologies to increase their productivity or to facilitate their daily tasks. Their use has led to the massive collection of data and the need to have a place to store it securely. With cloud backup, company data and applications are protected by a server in a remote location. In this way, companies can have the capacity to save and preserve, at the same time, the data of their own corporation and that of their clients from anywhere, avoiding the loss of this data in the event of any technological failure or cyberattack,” says Ian Porteous, Regional Director, Security Engineering, UK&I at Check Point Software.