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.

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About Brian Greenberg

Brian Greenberg is a technology and product leader, Forbes contributor, and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council. He lives in Chicago and has been working at companies of all sizes from the Fortune 100 to startups for over 30 years including international experience as an expatriate in Japan and Europe. In addition to being part of the Adjunct Faculty in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, Brian Greenberg is an award winning CIO & CTO, considered a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and visionary leader, accomplished at strategic planning, process improvement, product development, and reengineering of key business processes. Highly successful in achieving financial results through strong customer loyalty and long term relationships with suppliers and vendors. Ability to achieve business results through strategic application of technology to business challenges. Readily pursues "stretch goals", not afraid to take risks, and is grounded in a strong teamwork approach. Regarded as a skilled communicator, team builder and negotiator who maximizes efficiencies and productivity through boosting employee morale and performance. Brian Greenberg has expertise in digital transformation, automation, turnaround management, security, data storage, and data protection. He is also a storyteller and an improvisor in Chicago’s comedy community.