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Scary Statistics about Data Backup Failure

Everyone has heard the warnings about how important it is to back up your personal and professional data. Unfortunately many of these warnings go unheeded, and in the event of hardware failure or another event that threatens your data, ignoring recommended backup procedures can spell disaster. A business crippled by unchecked data loss can suffer massive financial losses, among other consequences.

Some of the statistics about data backup are unsettling and disappointing. According to one report, 44% of data loss is due to mistaken deletion, system crash, or software corruption – mundane causes that could happen to any business, at any time. Of all lost data, about 36% is made up of customer and financial information. To make matters worse, the same study indicates that only 13% of people back up their data on at least a weekly basis.

The cost of lost data can be even higher in heavily regulated sectors like healthcare, finance and education. Certus Technologies serves many clients in these industries and understands the critical role data plays in their day-to-day business. Ensuring that data is properly and currently backed up is a huge responsibility – one that no managed services provider should take lightly.

Catastrophic data loss is a proven business killer. Of businesses that experienced major data loss, 43% never reopened and 51% closed within two years. Long term data center outages are even worse: 93% of companies that lost their data center for ten days or more filed for bankruptcy within a year.

Data backup and cybersecurity should be on the minds of decision makers at every business. At Certus, we prioritize our clients’ peace of mind and seek to protect their data from freak accidents, malicious code and environmental disaster.

Data backup isn’t a standalone service – several specific services fall under the umbrella of data backup. In turn, data backup falls within the realm of business continuity – a set of practices and protocols blended with IT solutions to ensure that your business can keep operating in the face of total disaster.

If these facts and figures about data backup and the consequences of ignoring it have raised concerns about the safety of your business’ data, we want to set your mind at ease. Learn how Certus’ team of professionals can turn your areas of concern into areas of confidence – just leave us a message or give us a call.

*All figures courtesy of the Ponemon Institute, 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis.

About The Author

Evan BerkEvan Berk is Managing Partner at Certus Technologies, an IT Managed and Cloud Services firm that specializes in helping clients dramatically improve their business productivity.

Evan is passionate about simplifying and demystifying complex Information Technology systems and believes that the best IT systems should make our lives easier and more productive, both in the workplace and at home. He can be contacted at or at 973-944-5000.

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