Tapes lost during transport exemplify need for updated data protection

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While not all businesses have made the decision to evolve beyond their antiquated tape backup solutions, the need to do so hasn’t gone away. The recent loss of backup tapes by TD Bank, which has affected 35,000 customers in New England, should provide plenty of encouragement to embrace newer data backup software, and update systems for better protection.

According to The Nashua Telegraph, the bank misplaced tapes that included account information such as customer names and Social Security numbers. Though the incident occurred more than six months ago, the information is just now coming to light.

One flaw with tape backup solutions is the need for physical transportation and storage, which can result in theft, loss, or other damages from poor storage and environmental issues. Additionally, these solutions are slower to recover and take more time to implement. By switching to a more stable, modern solution such as backup hard drives or online backup systems, a business can simplify its data protection needs and lower the cost of disaster recovery as well.

Any data loss, whether of primary storage or backups, is unacceptable from a security standpoint, as well as for general productivity. Such events not only put customers in jeopardy, but reflect poorly on the business and cause stress throughout operations. Upgrading minimizes these issues and makes recovery smoother, eliminating the risk that a business will struggle when coming back from disaster.

Whether it’s to disk or the cloud, any business still using tape should upgrade its disaster recovery software for efficiency, reliability, and security, and ensure that no matter what happens, its data is protected.

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