- It’s estimated that 50% of data recoveries fail
- About 32 percent of computer users experience data loss each year!
- Small businesses that unfortunately experience drastic data loss go out of business in less than a year!
- Businesses that are highly dependent on electronic data are not able to resume services if data is not available for more than 10 days.
Under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), it is the responsibility of the organisation to protect the data, the following is taken from the Information Commissioner’s Office which states that:
Creating and storing a backup of data is an important component of a disaster recovery strategy. It is also important to keep a backup in a remote location (ie not in the same physical location as the live copy). This statement goes onto discuss the importance of data encryption and sites a reference of Welcome Financial Services Limited who was served a civil monetary penalty of £150,000 after the loss of more than half a million customers’ details. The organisation was unable to locate two backup tapes which contained the names, addresses and telephone numbers of customers. Data on the backup tapes were not encrypted.
Their website shows that the company did not survive this loss, http://www.wfs.co.uk/
In addition to aligning with GDPR practices, and supporting the statistics above, Cyber Crime affected 2.9 million companies in the UK in 2006 and with Crypto viruses (RansomWare) costing UK businesses around £7.3 billion pounds in financial losses. The most infamous being the NHS attack that was widely publicised across the worldwide press.
PeaSoup provides a backup service that is in the cloud. This is always held in the UK, encryption is included with the encryption keys held by our customers, not PeaSoup to ensure there can be no access to the data. The encryption applies whilst being transferred and stored inline with the GDPR stipulations. The whole process is controlled by our customer, with minimal effort and at minimal costs, following the industry standard 3-2-1 rule of backup.
The 3-2-1 rule is the best practice for backup and recovery. It means that when you build out your backup and recovery strategy you should:
- Keep at least three copies of your data. That includes the original copy and at least two backups.
- Keep the backed-up data on two different storage types. The chances of having two failures of the same storage type are much better than for two completely different types of storage. Therefore, if you have data stored on an internal hard drive, make sure you have a secondary storage type, such as external or removable storage, or the cloud.
- Keep at least one copy of the data offsite. Even if you have two copies on two separate storage types but both are stored onsite, a local disaster could wipe out both of them. Keep a third copy in an offsite location, like the cloud.
The 3-2-1 backup rule is a best practice because it ensures that you’ll have a copy of your data no matter what happens. Multiple copies prevent you from losing the only copy of your data. Multiple locations ensure that there is no single point of failure and that your data is safe from disasters such as fires and floods.
Data protection is important to every UK business, emphasised by the recent General Data Protection Rules that apply to any business which interacts with and processes data of people in the EU. PeaSoup currently work with over 100 customers protecting 100’s of TB of data every day to UK businesses in the following sectors
Wholesale / Retail
Import / Export