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World Backup Day

Was meins ist ist meins: Das Backup spielt eine wichtige Rolle in der Cyber Defence.Today, most of our lives are based on digital information, which is indispensable to us. However, a surprising number of users have not made it a habit to backup this data. The World Backup Day is supposed to serve as a reminder.

Every year on March 31, the “World Backup Day” takes place. First invented in 2011 by users of the platform, it is meant to remind everyone who in any form possesses data worth protecting that they should make copies of it from time to time.

That sounds obvious.

Unfortunately it’s not in many cases.

One out of three has never done a backup

The makers of the page state that almost every third person has never made a backup of their data, be it from the smartphone, the home laptop or PC or the memory card in the digital camera. The remaining two-thirds, both individuals and businesses alike, are still not automatically on the safe side. You should constantly question and check whether your own backup strategy still meets the requirements. For example, more than two-thirds of companies find that their backup is faulty when checking it.

The causes of data loss are manifold

The danger of losing valuable data from one minute to another is ubiquitous. Technical failures, however, are rarely the reason for this. The steady advance in networking and mobility opens up new possibilities for cyber criminals. And they have long stopped focussing entirely just on big companies. Potentially every PC, every smartphone is accessible worldwide via the Internet – whether they are associated with companies or individuals. And most of the time, careless users open the door themselves.

For example, by trusting e-mails from seemingly known senders too much and clicking on linked Internet pages or opening email attachments. Hidden malware often spreads this way. It can block the functions of the computer or encrypt files and only release them against a ransom money (known and notorious under the term Ransomware). This type evil has increased enormously during the last year. According to the current Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec, more such blackmail trojans were discovered in the first quarter of 2016 than in 2013 and 2014 together.

The very last line of defense

Today, cyber defence is widely perceived as a collection of solutions to detect and defend against malware attacks, the theft of data, and hacker attacks. However, the defence is only completed by a regular backup strategy. We have to face the fact: no defence will ever guarantee absolute security. Therefore, the data backup must also be put to the test regularly since it is an important part of any serious security strategy.

Tomorrow is World Backup Day. This might be a good opportunity to check your backup plans and back up some data. And add a reminder to your calendar – for the 31.03.2018!

And do not get fooled on the first day of April.

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