When the backup storage media is kept at a different geographic location from the source, this is known as an offsite backup. The backup may be done locally at first but once the storage medium is brought to another location, it becomes an offsite backup.  Examples of offsite backup include taking the backup media or hard drive home, to another office building or to a bank safe deposit box.

Beside the same protection offered by local backups, offsite backups provide additional protection from theft, fire, floods and other natural disasters. Putting the backup media in the next room as the source would not be considered an offsite backup as the backup does not offer protection from theft, fire, floods and other natural disasters.

Offsite Backup