Online Backup Risks

By Karen J. Bannan  |  Posted 2002-01-29 Print this article Print

Online Backup Risks

6. Does online backup pose any security or reliability risks?

As with anything that sounds too good to be true, online backup is a smart service but has real drawbacks, says William B. Carolan, managing consultant with Arup Risk Consulting, a disaster recovery planning firm. When you place something online, there is an immediate security risk. Although security has become much more sophisticated, there is still a very real exposure to security breaches, says Carolan.

To minimize risk, dont rely solely on an online backup service. Back up locally, and take the backups off-site. Keep in mind that online backup exposes your data to multiple points of failure. If your Internet connection fails, youre in trouble. And if your providers servers crash or are hacked, you can lose everything.


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