On March 31, 2022, Florindo Gallicchio was featured in the VMblog article, Don’t Forget to Celebrate World Backup Day 2022 – Hear From Industry Experts. Preview the article below, or read the full article online.

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What is World Backup Day?

World Backup Day is celebrated on March 31st – and it is a yearly reminder for both organizations and individuals to secure their files via backups and how to improve the security per device and solution. It’s the day to prevent data loss.

Even though backing up data should be common knowledge:

  • 21% of people have never made a backup
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute
  • 29% of data loss cases are caused by accident
  • 30% of all computers are already infected by malware

Hopefully this day will make everyone think twice about their situation, and educate themselves on the various options available to them so that they can get things backed up. A backup is only as good as your ability to recover the data. As part of your backup strategy, make sure to have a recovery plan. Be prepared to recover an entire system, a folder or collection of folders, and a single file. World Backup Day should bring about awareness and create a reminder for all of us to backup things up. No matter how secure or safe you feel about your data, know that it’s important to backup your files.

Don’t take my word for it. Hear from some of the leading industry experts in the backup and disaster recovery industry for more commentary and expertise:

Florindo Gallicchio, Managing Director, Head of Strategic Solutions at NetSPI

“This World Backup Day, it’s time to acknowledge how critical data backup has become, especially since many ransomware strains attempt to delete backup files, as we witnessed with Ryuk. Most businesses are faced with two significant risks when it comes to backups: the theft and public disclosure of sensitive data, and the disruption of critical business functions. If either of these risks occur, organizations could endure devastating consequences. To make sure that doesn’t happen, organizations need to proactively put strategies in place to bolster protection against these threat actors.

One way to do this is by ensuring that backups with all of the organization’s critical data are routinely, completely, and securely assessed – as this is a necessary step in recovering from a possible ransomware attack. These backups should be encrypted so that sensitive data is not disclosed and stored in such a way that an organization can recover its data in a timely manner, as this is necessary to minimize disruption to business operations. Additionally, organizations should regularly revisit and test disaster recovery and business continuity plans to validate that ransomware and other threats won’t impact the integrity of any backups.

Finally, any highly important, sensitive data should be stored on an entirely separate network from the internal network. That way, if ransomware targets the desktop network, it cannot spread to the critical systems and cause complete chaos. While this is a long-term, and challenging strategy, it’s well worth the time and investment for organizations to counter the continuous risk of critical data loss.”