While the prospect of a flood or fire is a strong motivator for dental practitioners to back up their practice’s valuable data, there are more common dangers. Let’s look at two: human error and Cryptolocker Ransomware.
Recognize any of these problems? When your staff gets busy, manual backups can sometimes slip through the cracks. Often, your staff’s experience with technology is limited. Sometimes data even gets deleted unintentionally. According to a 2016 survey by IT PRO, accidental deletion—not a catastrophic event—was the number one cause of data loss in an enterprise environment.
Increasingly, dental practices are falling victim to ransomware viruses that “lock” files on local desktops and servers and make them unavailable until a ransom is paid. This is a rapidly growing and serious threat that doesn’t discriminate between big and small organizations. More than $209 million in ransomware payments were made in the first three months of 2016 in the US alone, versus the $25 million paid in all of 2015.
Fortunately, there are new approaches to data protection, so dental practitioners can be free from old and cumbersome data protection practices. In a space that’s been dominated by confusing and complex backup tools, tape backup systems and laborious offsite vaulting services, customers are increasingly searching for answers in the cloud. Cloud-based backup and data recovery tools make it easy to protect data locally and recover any version of data from anywhere at any time. Consider the following if you’re looking for the best next-generation cloud-based backup:
In short, cloud-based data backup delivers protection, with a hybrid local/cloud solution as the best protection against accidental data deletion, ransomware and other disasters. Because there are so many backup services on the market, it’s important to fully research your options so you understand how to always keep your practice secure and operational.
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