There is nothing worse than coming into work in the morning to find that your work from the day before is missing. Imagine losing all of your business data for the week, month, or even since the beginning.
These scenarios sound far fetched, but they are more common than you think. Most people and companies put backups in place to secure their data, but did you know up to 60% of backups fail weekly? The results that in a recent study performed by The British Chambers of Commerce are more troubling. They found that “93% of businesses that suffer data loss for more than 10 days file bankruptcy within one year, and 50% do so immediately.” What would you do in the event of a fire, hardware crash, or other unplanned disaster? This article addresses the failures with on-premises infrastructures and to help you find more reliable and secure ways to manage your data.
What is a data backup?
Techopedia defines data backup as “a process of duplicating data to allow retrieval of the duplicate set after a data loss event.” Put plainly, your data is copied and stored for you until you need it. Some refer to data backups as an insurance plan. You might lose some data, but at least you don’t lose everything.
Some technology companies offer data backup to the cloud, which stores your data in a remote location. What happens in the aftermath of a disaster for an on-premises infrastructure? You have to order new hardware, download your backed up data, and then determine how much time and data you lost. This can be very time consuming and have a severe impact to your business before you are able to continue regular operation. What happens if your backup was corrupt? Can you afford to lose everything?
Disruptions to your data
We mentioned fires, floods, and hardware crashes as causes of data loss, but what about other causes that are more preventable? Data loss can be caused by a security issue or carelessness by a user in your company. What if an employee accidentally deletes important files or documents, downloads attachments from unknown sources, or visits unsafe websites? You will quickly find your company and company data extremely vulnerable or corrupted.
These corruptions can be caused by malware. Malware is a common term that means software intended to harm your data. Ransomware is a particularly nasty type of malware. This software downloads to your system without notifying you, and then locks you out of the system until you pay their “ransom”. The ransomware then has access to all of your sensitive information. It will leak that sensitive information unless some form of compensation is provided.
Trojan horses and viruses are another tricky form of malware. You usually do not know that you have downloaded a virus through a Trojan horse. The virus is usually hidden in some kind of software or email attachment that you are downloading. These viruses leave your system unsecured and can damage, or even access and steal, your sensitive data.
There are even more unsettling disturbances. Your financial information can be stored in what you think are secure systems but end up vulnerable through errors in coding. The infamous and recent Cloudbleed was the result of improper coding of one character. It led to large-scale security breaches for major companies. With all of these threats to your computer systems and data, what can you do to prevent vulnerabilities?
Worry-free I.T. solutions
We have reviewed a few factors that affect your systems and cause you to lose sensitive data. Unfortunately there are many more!
Don’t worry, there are steps you can take to prevent or prepare for most of them. Most of those steps involve having up-to-date malware protection software, updated operating systems (to patch potential vulnerabilities), secure data backups, and much more. Some companies and small businesses choose to handle all of these preventive measures themselves. This route is very time consuming and costs can add up. Outsourcing this workflow to experts in the I.T. field can be beneficial in a number of ways.
What does not having to worry about your I.T. infrastructure mean to you? Does it mean that you can focus on the business processes and growing you business instead of worrying about security issues? Does it mean that you can come into work in the morning and everything just works? Worry free I.T. Solution providers like Silverline Solutions, provide all of that and much more for your company. For larger companies, this leaves your I.T. staff with more time to focus on internal operations. For small business owners, this frees up your time to focus on growing your business. Having data center security experts to protect your data is a huge benefit as well!
If you’re unsure about how to refocus your I.T. staff you may find this article helpful: Moving to the Cloud? Refocus Your I.T Staff Instead of Downsizing.
If you came into work in the morning and your server was down – would you be worried?