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August 2014 Vol. 13 No. 6

Importance of mobile device backup grows

Historically, backup protected a company from the risk of losing data due to infrastructure failure or human error. If a system went down or someone deleted a file by mistake, a backup was there to save the day. Employees are becoming more mobile, using smartphones and tablets to access and modify files. As a result, there is a growing interest in protecting data on mobile devices, not just servers, desktops and laptop computers. Companies need to have comprehensive endpoint data protection that includes mobile device backup, but most smartphones and tablets are largely inaccessible to third-party applications. Endpoint backup solutions typically use an agent installed on the device to access and back up data continuously to a central location or cloud. However, mobile device manufacturers don't really allow this approach. For the most part, a mobile device app can only access data created by that specific app. In addition, smartphones and tablets don't always store most of the files that users view and work on locally. Users ...

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