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Small businesses use risky data backup systems


According to a recent survey conducted by Carbonite, small businesses are using a number of unreliable technologies to back up data. 

"Although many small businesses are backing up their data, they're using antiquated methods, such as USB/flash drives or CDs, which leave huge gaps and vulnerabilities," said Peter Lamson, senior vice president of small business for Carbonite. "These simple solutions may be relatively easy to set up, but they require ongoing supervision to ensure they are performing, and can distract from other work."

Results from the survey showed 50 percent of small businesses use external hard drives, while 42 percent use USB/flash drives and more than 33 percent use CD /DVD drives to back up their data.

Because many small businesses are employing these risky tactics to protect customer data, it is important for them to purchase professional liability insurance, which can provide coverage if a security breach or other event leaves a business on the hook for the loss of this customer data.

Providing a cost-efficient, trustworthy method for data is hosted back up, which utilizes cloud technology to automatically back up data to off-site data centers. With data loss having the ability to cripple a company, keeping tabs on security is extremely important, reported ITWeb.

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