Know How Data Loss Happens So You Can Prevent IT

Know How Data Loss Happens So You Can Prevent IT

Know How Data Loss Happens So You Can Prevent IT

Small business owners are often worried about losing their data, because data loss can wipe out the business. We have recognized the most common types of data loss so you can identify how they suit into your business and evaluate the possibility related to each of these risks.

1. Human Error – can be in any way of unintentional data deletion, modification, and overwrites – has been common in recent years. Much of this is the result of recklessly managed virtualization technology. While virtualization and cloud computing have enabled polished business continuity planning for many businesses and organizations, humans must still command this technology on how to function. The difficulty of these systems often presents a learning curve that can involve quite a bit of trial and error. For example, an engineer may accidentally overwrite the backup when he forgets to power off the replication software before formatting volumes on the primary site. He will be sure not to do it again, however, avoiding it from happening would be more ideal.

2. File Corruption – Sometimes unintentional changes to data can happen anytime, and it can be during reading, writing, storage, transmission, and processing – making the data within the file inaccessible. Software failure is a primary cause of data loss and is typically the result of bugs in the code. Viruses and malware can also lead to individual data files being deleted and hard drive partitions being damaged or erased.

3. Hardware Failure – Storage devices may be at risk due to age, or they may fall victim to irreparable hard-disk failure. Viruses and hackers can also potentially shut down a hard drive by inserting undeletable malicious code and huge files via open, unprotected ports. If these malicious programs cannot be deleted, the entire hard drive may have to be reformatted, wiping out all the data.

4. Catastrophic Events/Theft – The threat of catastrophic events such as fire, flooding, lightning and power failure is always a concern. Such events can wipe out data in a millisecond with no warning. Theft is also a data loss risk that companies must address. While advances in technology like anytime/anywhere connectivity, portability and the communication/information sharing capabilities of social media and crowdsourcing have revolutionized business – the risk for theft is even higher due to this simple accessibility. More people are doing their daily business on their laptop, iPad and even on their mobile phones. They are also bringing with them their portable media like USB sticks, thumb drives, and even CDs. Physical theft and risk of any of these devices can cause big trouble.

Data loss is as unique as the various sources from which it comes. The key is to pinpoint the areas in which your business is struggling and work towards a mitigation plan to address each one of them. An MSP can be your trusted partner in such cases, holding your hand through the process of safeguarding your data.

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