May 13, 2024

The importance of physical backups in a digital world


By: Sandrie Datema, CTO of Backupned

In the rapidly changing digital world, many organizations rely on the cloud for their storage needs. However, recent cyberattacks reaffirm that physical backups are crucial for safe storage of your data.

Between late 2023 and April 2024, ransomware group Cactus launched several cyberattacks worldwide, including Dutch victims. “If only we had kept a physical copy,” is a common statement among business leaders who have faced such cyberattacks.

Cloud versus tape

Unlike cloud backups, physical backups on tape are indeed immune to ransomware attacks. In the event of a cyber-attack, a physical copy stored offline can remain untouched, protecting critical business data.


Physical backups: the secure and sustainable option

In addition, with physical backups, you are also choosing a sustainable form of data storage. In fact, data centers, the backbone of cloud storage, require enormous amounts of energy for their operation. With physical backups, companies can reduce their carbon footprint by relying less on these energy-intensive facilities.

In short, benefits of the cloud – such as convenience and instant accessibility – also come with risks, such as increased vulnerability to cyber attacks compared to physical backups.

Fortunately, it’s never too late to start physical backups on tape! We are here to keep your critical data safe in our high-security underground bunkers. Thus, your data is also excellently protected against possible cyber attacks at all times.

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