A shot over the bow of unsecured, poorly architected cloud storage services.

Recently, a embarrassing data loss in the consumer market has resulted in T-Mobile, Microsoft and the Sidekick shedding doubts on companies abilities to protect your data.

T-Mobile announced that Microsoft may be able to recover most of the data lost.

Regardless, I strongly urge anyone who stores any kind of electronic information to back it up regularly, maintain multiple copies and keep at least one of those copies off-site. One of the simplest strategies is to back up your computer to one of two or more external hard drives and rotate them off-site to some place away from your primary copy like a safe deposit box.

This is not to say that you should avoid the cloud. In actuality, cloud and storage technologies offer fantastic solutions to todays data and information management needs, wether it’s for collaboration, backup, synchronization, file sharing or picture sharing. The data is still your data and you should take responsibility and ownership of it. That’s why I backup my data utilizing multiple strategies. Just in case.

© Brian J. Greenberg. All rights reserved.

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About Brian Greenberg

Brian Greenberg is a partner in the Chicago practice of Fortium Partners. He brings more than 25 years of progressive business and technology leadership to the firm as a CIO & CTO who has successfully captured the value and tamed the complexity associated with integrating IT capabilities into rapidly evolving business strategies. Greenberg has an exceptional record at companies in a wide range of industries, and he has led the kind of enterprise transformation initiatives and continuous improvements that have elevated efficiency, productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction to record levels. Brian is a frequent industry speaker presenting on topics from digital transformation, litigation readiness, technology leadership, and even using improv skills for effective communication.