Data without an associated backup is only as reliable as the system upon which it is stored – and every system has a finite life span or may be susceptible to malware or hacking efforts. Ransomware applications, which infect systems then encrypt data and demand anonymous payment in Bitcoin, are now a way of life, forcing users to choose between losing data or succumbing to extortion.
When end users utilize systems – whether workstations, laptop or mobile devices – to access, work on and store company data, the loss or failure of those devices can put data at risk. Productivity, operations and company reputation can be placed in jeopardy as well. In order to protect itself, its employees and its business activities, every organization should make regular backups of all end user data stored on its systems, whether company-provided or employee-owned.