In the 1300s, the principle known as Occam’s razor was established, holding that the best solution is the simplest one. About 600 years later, network drive policy was born. It sounds reasonable enough: You tell your employees to back up their files to the network drive. They do it. Then you back up that drive. Voila! Your files are all protected and backed up. Right?
Wrong. The problem is that users are also following this principle of simplicity. They’re looking for the path of least resistance—and network drive policies only add burdens to their daily workflows. So they don’t back up. Or they forget to back up. Or they come up with their own (unreliable) means of backup.
Policy-dependent backup leaves a widening gap in data security
As much as two-thirds of a company’s data now lives exclusively on endpoint—where digital productivity takes place. In the typical enterprise, 35 percent of endpoints haven’t been recently backed up. Do the math and you see the big problem: About one-quarter of a company’s data is not protected—unrecoverable if disaster strikes, invisible to IT and highly vulnerable to hacks and data theft.
The simplest solution is backing up data right at the source: the endpoint
William of Ockham, credited creator of Occam’s razor, was right—a simpler solution is a better solution. If you or your organization’s leadership still believe policy-dependent backup can protect your business, it’s time to read our new white paper, Debunking the Myth of Policy-Dependent Backup. See why network drive policies impede productivity, burden IT and leave dangerous data security holes—and understand why endpoint backup is the simple solution you and your users have been looking for.