Celebrate World Backup Day With Iron Mountain

Topics: Data Archive | Information management: Best Practice Guides

On March 31, join Iron Mountain in celebrating the fifth anniversary of World Backup Day. This event is intended to teach consumers and small businesses about the dangers of catastrophic data loss due to not backing up computers and mobile devices. It also seeks to educate this group about the easy, inexpensive options for creating and executing a personal backup plan.

As a data management professional, you probably do not need to be told about the importance of backing up your organization's information. However, regardless of whether your organization consistently backs up its information or if your data retention program needs some work, data management professionals are encouraged to celebrate this day with the employees in their organization.

Why Participate?

Most people are not IT professionals and do not think about data protection until the day their device dies and all their data is gone. Everything from their irreplaceable family photos and their old music collection to their financial and tax records is gone. Nobody wants to see their friends or colleagues in this situation when they are in a position to help them.

Even though they were told to do so, some of your colleagues may have work products on unprotected personal devices. If your organization has a bring-your-own-device policy, it should include not just backup policies, but also access controls and encryption. While bringing these people and their devices into full compliance is important, getting them to back up their information is a good first step.

The Need for World Backup Day

According to the World Backup Day website, 30 percent of consumers have never backed up their information. Moreover, less than 80 percent of all hard drives will survive to their fourth anniversary. Since the average age of personal computers is expected to be 5.6 years in 2015, this means many users will suffer a catastrophic drive failure. Without a backup, there is no way to recover from a failed device. Backups also help organizations recover from data loss due to stolen devices and hacks.

One of the ways professionals can help their colleagues prepare for World Backup Day is to provide them with information about their options for backup routines, including local drives, home networks and cloud backup services. You can also write backup guides yourself or use these two high-level guides for consumer backups provided by Wired Magazine and Consumer Reports.

The World Backup Day organization asks each person to take a pledge to back up their information on March 31. Iron Mountain, however is asking a bit more of professionals: Make sure your own data is backed up, then help a less-informed user put his or her backup plan in place.

Do you have questions about data management? Read additional Knowledge Center stories on this subject, or contact Iron Mountain's Data Management team. You'll be connected with a knowledgeable product and services specialist who can address your specific challenges.


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