Why some small businesses should be worried

By Michael
October 17, 2012

The face of young industry is that of innovation, groundbreaking achievement and a brave new world of technology never before seen that is changing the way other companies operate. Online startups like LinkedIn and Facebook changed the way most people on the planet interact, find jobs, meet people and conducts their lives, so much so that they even have movies made about them.

At one time, though, these entities were nothing more than hundred-subscriber little blips on the digital radar, making no more of an impact then than a fly on the windshield of a semi-trailer. What changed was the value of the assets they owned, thanks to their creative strategies and marketing, but that fledgling stage between startup and success can be the peak of backup tape management risk for companies that are not prepared for threats.


Small to medium-sized failure On the one hand, it’s great to be considered the head of the class in a particular field. Simultaneously, though, it paints a target on a corporation for every hacker and Trojan looking to make a fast buck off poor tape tracking or security measures. Flaws in firewalls and slack server safeguards are exactly what’s making SMBs a prime focus of attack.

Business Review wrote that most companies on the smaller side are not adequately protected against these threats because they feel like they’re below the radar. On the contrary, these entities are getting sacked thanks to their lack of data protection, and hackers know they’re soft targets. Teaching workers how to do their jobs in a safer manner can make a big difference in guarding information from unwanted eyes, but there’s no substitution for boosting software and encryption protocols.

The underlying issue Beyond this false feeling of being impervious, young companies can’t accurately identify the biggest corporate continuity threats. According to the Northumberland Review, about half of all entities don’t have an employee in charge of backup tape management or file governance, meaning everything is being thrown into the system helterskelter. Not only is this a problem for compliance regulations, it can also make identifying a leak in the first place impossible. If a file is lost, missing or changed, who would know? File tracking software and encryption protocols can only go so far without active SMB participation in cultivating their own intensive continuity systems.

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