Author: Craig Laird Jamieson

CEO and Founder of CeeJay Software

What data should you be backing up, what method should you use and why is it so important?

[wordpress_file_upload]What data should you be backing up, what method should you use and why is it so important? The simple answer to that question is you should be backing up anything you can’t replace, would be devastated to lose forever or is essential for running your business.  It’s fair to say we live in a digital era with the majority of people owning a smartphone, laptop/PC, tablet and even a smart TV and/or smartwatch. The access to technology is vast and easier than ever with improvements being made faster than people can buy them.  Living in a paper free world has endless benefits but the biggest downside has got to be that people assume everything held online is backed up, safe and secure. The fact is, this is not always the case. On an individual level, how would you feel if you suddenly lost years of family photographs – all those irreplaceable memories gone! Or all of your music – years of nostalgia and awesome tunes wiped forever! As a business, a major loss of data could have very serious implications and could even mean the end of your company – so regular backups are the most important step you can take for preventing a network disaster. They ensure that regardless of your existing security strategy, you have secure and clean data to keep your business running in the event of a data loss, hack attack, natural disaster or even just good old fashioned human error.  It’s important to understand data loss can happen for all kinds of reasons. You shouldn’t keep your backups on-site, for example, because they’ll be protected against drive failure and file corruption but not fire and flooding.  So, what is a backup and what should you be backing up?  A backup is a complete copy of your data – whether that’s a single file or the contents of an entire drive – that resides on a different storage device to the original, ideally off-site, and allows for it to be restored if data loss occurs.  Before you start backing up data, you should give some serious thought to why you’re backing up and consider the best methods to do so.  Examples of things to backup include documents, photos, music, Outlook messages, web browser bookmarks, apps and devices.  What are the most common ways of backing up data? One of the most common ways for home and small business users to back up data is onto an external HDD or several external drives. If you don’t want the hassle of juggling individual drives, you could consider backing up to a network attached storage or NAS device.  NAS is a simple way to share files between networked computers, usually comprising a bunch of HDDs in a RAID configuration, so it’s a more convenient and resilient choice than a regular external drive.  Alternatively, you have the option of avoiding hardware entirely and using a cloud backup service. For many businesses, the cloud has revolutionised the process of backing up. You’re probably familiar or use the iCloud. The iCloud lets you store information online and then access this information from all of your Apple devices.  Have you considered CrashPlan in CeeJay Cloud Visit for details. Pause for thought: some cybersecurity facts Things change quickly in the world of cybersecurity – with new threats appearing every day and attackers continuously evolving their techniques. Here’s some stats:
  • There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds
  • 95% of breached records come from three industries: Government, retail and technology (2016)
  • 54% of companies experienced one or more successful attacks that compromised data and/or IT infrastructure
  • Worldwide cybersecurity spending will reach $96 billion in 2018
  • The average cost of a data breach in 2020 will exceed $150 million
We live in a data driven world so isn’t time you gave some careful consideration to the data you use, hold and ultimately couldn’t live without? 

A day in the life: CeeJay Software Founder and CEO, Craig Laird Jamieson

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CeeJay Software provides a range of cloud solutions including Backup Intelligence, Sync Intelligence and CrashPlan available through the CeeJay Software Cloud. CeeJay work alongside multinational organisations, universities, schools, banks as well as governments located both within the UK and in countries including Switzerland, America, Australia, South Africa, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Dubai.

We thought it would be interesting to interview Founder and CEO, Craig Laird Jamieson and get the inside track on CeeJay. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: What was your background before joining CeeJay? A: (Craig): I was a technical manager for a software development company designing websites and online applications. I organised the development of the software being created and managed the data centre operations by providing email, mysql and php development. In 2001 I left that company and along with Eneth Jamieson and Jim Jamieson, founded CeeJay Software.

Q: Describe a typical day for you? A: (Craig): My day is a bit longer than your typical 9 to 5! I get up about 7.30am and catch up/reply to emails whilst having my breakfast and see what’s been going on during the night.

I usually arrive at the office around 10am as I only live about 4 minutes away. I check in with the development team on their progress on any new features or bug fixes for Backup Intelligence or Sync Intelligence. I’m on hand to  help with the team in the office if they need help with any support tickets they require my input on. I then check in with the data centres we use for the CeeJay Cloud in Manchester, London, Frankfurt, Prague, Amsterdam and USA to see their status and help with any issues. I usually get home just after 5pm, have my dinner, then work on a bit until 8pm. I go to bed about 11pm but set the alarm for 4.30am to check in with the night team, then go back to bed until about 7.30am.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge since joining CeeJay? A: (Craig): As CeeJay Software is global company with an existing brand I didn’t want to just offer new services for the local area near our offices. I’ve worked extremely hard to offer other solutions (in addition to CrashPlan). I want CeeJay to be known as a company who can offer exceptional solutions. It’s been a real challenge to identify the gaps in the market and then come up with the best fit that CeeJay can offer.

Q: What has been your biggest professional success/achievement? A: (Craig): It would definitely be starting CeeJay Software and seeing it grow from nothing to where it is today. 

Q: What is your favourite thing about working for CeeJay? A: (Craig): I feel lucky to work with such a relaxed and friendly team of people, who assist me daily, supporting me to launch our latest solutions in Backup Intelligence and Sync Intelligence.

Q: What do you do to relax/unwind? A: (Craig): When I can get some time away, I enjoy going for a swim or travelling.

Q: What’s the best piece of work-related or personal advice you have received? A: (Craig): Build a great team (that you can trust and rely on) to help you with your business goals!

Q: What would you say to someone who has never heard of CeeJay – what could you offer them? A: (Craig): I would encourage them to look at Backup Intelligence for a cloud backup solution/ It’s truly unique in that you can choose where your backup destination is – you can choose to back up your data in the UK, Germany or USA, with Asia being added later in 2018.


New Doors Please

Early in 2017 CeeJay Software took over Logans House in Larbert for our exclusive use. This is just the start of the refurbishment which will take about 1 year to complete, 27 doors being replaced.
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