The world is changing at light speed. Information which once required a large warehouse to store data can now be kept on devices smaller than a fingernail. Technology has caused nearly all businesses to keep their data in a computer or online.

Sadly, the ability to store things electronically also makes it easier to corrupt or steal. The saying, beggars can’t be choosers has never rung truer than today. No one and no business is safe from attack.

Hospitals, small businesses, retailers the government, all of them have had hackers try (sometimes successfully) to gain information. Additionally, sometimes the thieves will destroy or corrupt the data making it nearly impossible to resume normal operations until the flaw is discovered and fixed.

Sadly, some businesses cannot rebound from an attack. An attack can cause customers to lose faith in the company’s security or prevent it from returning to regular operations in a timely manner. In real life, time is money and people would be surprised to learn how easy it is for a successful business to go under in the blink of an eye.

This is why the ability to recover secure data during a massive security breach or other disaster is a must. Some small business owners believe that they do not need a cloud backup service because they are expensive and only large corporations require large amounts of information to be stored.

That is an incorrect and potentially dangerous way of thinking. Small business owners are the main ones requiring a secure backup for their business. Many of these business owners rely on their company as their sole means of income. One major issue and the whole business could go under.

Cloud services are not expensive and one can purchase a package for as little as a few pounds. The smart business owner knows that their business is only as good as long as operations are running smoothly, thus he or she includes a secure backup service in the company budget and business plan.

Truthfully, the backup plan should be included in no fewer than two business plans. The first one should be the aforementioned business budget and the second should be in the emergency plan.

When emergencies happen, employees can be cut off from one another, documents and supplies destroyed and operations cease to continue. This can be the death knell for many a business if they do not have a plan to overcome any obstacles.

This means they should have at least two people who are authorised to retrieve the company’s data. They should have the ability to set up a temporary office where the retrieval can be made as well as a system for resuming operations during a crisis.

Cloud backup systems are necessary because the technological age requires us to have a means of retrieving data. When businesses can be destroyed by a few clicks of a mouse, then business owners (and people) should take any means necessary to protect their data.

Two main things occur when a company announces a data breach. One, the customers and clients lose faith in the business and two, operations are hindered until everything can be restores back to normal. A loss of customers and ceasing operations can ruin a business in a week.

Not using a reliable and safe backup and retrieval service is one of the biggest mistakes a company can make. Only one thing is certain with today’s technology; there will come a time when data is erased, breached or destroyed.

Being able to restore everything as it was before is not a luxury but a right. There are too many employees and customers counting on the business to be secure, trustworthy and adept at their services in order to have the longevity that all the best businesses need to survive.