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Online Backup Provider Advises on Protecting Your Small Business

Cliff Boodoosingh on November 18, 2008
Protecting Your Small Business in a Time of Economic Uncertainty

TORONTO, Nov 18, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Today, many small businesses find themselves in scary territory, uncertain of what's to come. While no one knows what's next, business owners can take a number of steps to shore up their companies, says Jamie Brenzel, CEO of online data backup provider Data Deposit Box ( ).

With today's extra-tight budgets, it makes sense to reevaluate existing data backup systems. Do they require an IT person -- and the related costs -- to maintain? Online data backup and storage providers require no IT staff, are typically affordable and easy to use. Data Deposit Box, for instance, stores and backs up data at $2 per gigabyte per month, with no extra set-up fees for additional machines.

Online backup can also be accessed remotely, which helps cut costs. Even small businesses can spend a lot of money on virtual private networks (VPNs) that allow employees to access documents remotely. With an online backup service, no VPN is needed. Employees can access data from anywhere, whether traveling for a new business presentation or working from home.

The ability to call up and restore data anytime, anywhere, is key. "It may seem obvious, but many companies don't think about backing up data until after there's a data loss because they don't want to spend the money or don't want to deal with the setup and maintenance," says Brenzel. "But backing up proactively can prevent costly data losses and save money where none can be spared."
Typically after a data loss disaster, someone must go to a network administrator and it can take days to find the right tape. Meanwhile, companies lose money and most don't recover from the downtime.

"During the 2003 blackout our data center ran on redundant power, so none of our customers were ultimately affected," says Brenzel. "Imagine that kind of disaster in today's economy? The downtime would be devastating to a small business."

Even if a company is properly protected against data loss, that doesn't mean the data is always safe. Economic hard times can also bring out the worst from the competition. Encryption is crucial. Not all online backup providers use top encryption programs, yet data encryption is vital for protecting sensitive business information. Data Deposit Box uses Blowfish 448, an encryption key that has never been broken.

Small businesses have strict requirements to protect the information they have. Fortunately, reputable IT vendors can help prevent potentially serious losses at relatively little cost, and give entrepreneurs some peace of mind in a time of real uncertainty.

SOURCE Data Deposit Box

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