SEATTLE, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mozy®, the world's most trusted provider of data protection and availability for consumers and businesses, released surprising new statistics: One-third of small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) allow employees to select their own method of backup for their data at work – essentially passing the buck when it comes to data protection. This is concerning because companies that don't provide formal policies instead rely on uncoordinated backup practices that can leave business owners susceptible to significant risks in the event of data loss. World Backup Day is an excellent opportunity for SMBs to reevaluate their company backup policies. They can then implement a safe and reliable protection service for their valuable company and client data. The Mozy survey of more than 640 SMBs was conducted by independent research firm Compass Partners to identify employees' and executives' habits and attitudes about backup and data security. The survey found that a significant number of SMBs don't implement safe backup strategies – despite well-documented risks for loss of sensitive client and company data. Incredibly, 60 percent of companies surveyed do not budget for any form of backup; and only 15 percent of SMBs use remote, automatic online backup. Of those businesses that do data backups regularly, the survey found the most prevalent methods are those that can most easily be lost, stolen, deleted or destroyed – such as external hard drives (53 percent use them) without some type of online backup connection, company servers (36 percent) and USB thumb drives (31 percent). A surprising 10 percent of professionals surveyed say they email themselves copies of documents as one form of backup. "The reality is that businesses often ignore backup options until after they have suffered the consequences of data loss," said Russ Stockdale, General Manager, Mozy. "With World Backup Day this weekend, it provides a timely reminder that professionals need to take steps to implement companywide backup policies and practices that ensure business and client data is protected." Survey participants included professionals in the financial, real estate, medical, construction and legal industries.