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Is mobile device data protection overlooked?

Should mobile device data protection be on more organizations' radars?

In my opinion, organizations should seek to minimize, if not eliminate, the amount of corporate data stored on mobile devices. That way, backing up those devices is a non-issue. If data is being stored on those devices, it's a good idea to use an enterprise file sync and share product, which automatically syncs data with another computer or server.

File sync and share can be considered a backup in the sense that data that gets created on the mobile device is copied back to the server on the back end. You're creating a copy of the data, but it's not a true backup because you're not actually creating a static copy of the data at a given point in time. The data is really just a replica of whatever is on the mobile device. So if data is corrupted on the mobile device, and then synchronized with another computer or server, it will be corrupted there as well.

To protect against this type of data loss, you need to go a step further and run traditional backups against the target system. That way, if anything happens, you can roll back to a previous version of the data before the corruption occurred.

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This was last published in November 2014

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