We all know the drill when it comes to data protection: make sure that you can failover servers and business-critical applications in the case of an outage, right? Well, in reality that’s only a fraction of the real picture.

Most businesses these days are either leaving data completely unprotected, or not sufficiently protected. Instead, this is what the data protection plan looks like for a typical SMB:

  • Servers, critical business applications: Disaster Recovery functionality is in place
  • Branch offices, remote workers, endpoints: EXPOSED
  • Cloud Applications (O365, Salesforce.com, G Suite, Box, Dropbox): EXPOSED

While we’ve taken into account servers and mission critical apps, there’s in fact a large portion of business data that isn’t sufficiently protected. There are many reasons for this; Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is one trend that presents challenges with endpoint backup and recovery. Cloud apps add yet another hurdle as they will generally have retention policies in place — say 30 days — but after that the data is gone. Forever. So how do we work around this in order to completely protect our business data?

In this post, we’re taking a closer look at endpoint data protection. In earlier days there was less to worry about when it came to endpoints. As employees started creating, editing, and storing business data on laptops, tablets, and smartphones, it suddenly became a data protection concern that needed to be addressed. What would happen if one of those devices was lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised by hackers? What would happen if one of those employees became disgruntled and left the company – taking along with them, valuable business data? It’s all too easy to leave a smartphone in a taxi, spill coffee across a laptop, or have a tablet go missing in an airport.

Protecting this data, of which 60% is unique and does not exist in other backups, can be an issue. Let’s just say that the management of thousands of endpoints isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Aside from the IT nightmare it presents, most businesses see endpoint data protection as an expensive add-on of which those budget dollars should be spent elsewhere.

We’ve also heard the common viewpoint of, “I have all of my company data stored on our server so it’s protected.” Sorry to break this to you, but unless you know for sure the your employees do not store data on their individual computers – how do you really know all your data is safe? How do you know that an employee hasn’t deleted an important file?

Traditional backup methods are no longer effective, as data is no longer centralized on a single device. 40% of data resides on servers, versus 60% on endpoints. These endpoints are among the highest at risk for data loss.

Protecting Endpoints is Critical

  • The most likely to get lost, left behind, or stolen
  • 60% of data on endpoints is unique (not on the server and not in backups)
  • The most likely target of ransomware and viruses
  • Protection and management of endpoint data is now a legal requirement in some industries
  • But protection of endpoints is a low priority for most businesses

You need a solution that can protect across varying device types and operating systems. A solution that can centralize all this data in the cloud with a provider that gives you cloud flexibility. Remote backup and recovery from the cloud is especially important with endpoints, as they’re in distributed environments and can’t always be physically accessed by IT. Whether you have your own data center and need to utilize a private cloud or prefer to use a public or vendor cloud, it’s important to have cloud choice. When it comes time for a recovery, you’ll be glad you did. Transparent deployment that stays out of an end-user’s way will make make it much easier when rolling our your endpoint backup solution.

Protect Everything with One Solution

RG Technologies protects all your mobile devices including laptops, tablets, and smart phones – no matter where they roam. But, we also protect all your servers –physical and virtual – too.  So, instead of using multiple backup solutions to protect different device types, you can use a single solution to protect everything.

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