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Replicating Files is NOT the Same as Backing Them Up

Many businesses use file “sync and share” applications such as Dropbox, Box.com, and Google Drive. These programs are relatively cost effective and are very easy to use for file sharing, but they are not meant to be used as a business-class file storage system.

Sure, it’s convenient to store your files in the Cloud because you can then sync them to any device you want. However, replicating files across multiple devices (desktops, laptops, mobile devices, etc) means you are simply putting the same file in multiple places, which is not the same as backing it up.

In the event of a ransomware attack, which installs a nefarious cryptolocker virus on all those files, everywhere they’ve been sync’d up means they’ll be cryptolocked, making it very difficult, if not impossible, to access your data.

Global restore is key

Here’s the deal with these Cloud file sharing services: Most of them allow you to restore previous versions of the files you uploaded. However, they don’t allow you to do a global restore of all of your files — which is what you’ll need in the event of a cryptolocker hack.

Without a global restore option, your employees (or very unhappy IT person) would have to go into every single file on these services and restore each one at a time. And with the thousands or tens of thousands of files your company is likely to have, this is simply not feasible in terms of time and money.

Plus—and this is even more important—in the event of a file corruption or deletion (especially with files that are not accessed on a daily basis), your users usually don’t realize the file is corrupt or deleted until it’s too late. This could be many months later and there is no longer a backup copy available, and then havoc ensues. Or, what about a file that’s been mistakenly deleted months ago? Well it’s too late to rectify that situation.

At IND Corporation, we always err on the side of extreme caution. What you really need to safeguard your small of medium-sized business is a file sync-and-share solution that has business-class backup component built in — like the cloud file storage solution we offer to our clients.

This means a service that provides file storage and a business-grade file backup solution that allows you to quickly recover from a stressful and potentially disastrous cryptolocker situation.

Don’t replicate a potential problem that can bring down your files … contact IND Corporation about secure, reliable backup solutions that also enable your users to access files from anywhere, and restore lost or corrupt files without losing sleep (or precious data). Of course, with our managed IT services that includes network monitoring, you’ll also sleep easy knowing IND’s engineers are on watch, 24/7. Give us a call at 973-400-4227 to discuss your needs.