Could your business recover from data loss?

You are on your computer and suddenly lights go off and your computer shuts down. After not too long the power is restored. You start your computer up again, only to find that an error message appears. It tells you that a fatal error occurred, that some important data has been lost. This happen all too often! However there are safeguards, one of which is data recovery, which can significantly reduce their occurrence.

The most fail-safe method of data recovery is to create data backups. Data backup copies the computer’s information, so that these copies can be restored through a data recovery process after a fatal event. Backups are useful mainly for two purposes: to restore a computer to an operational state following an accident (also called disaster recovery), and to recover information files after they have been deleted or corrupted (file or data recovery). Backups are normally the last defence against data loss (but also the most important one); they need time and consequently are hence the least convenient to use. The more important the data is, that is stored on the computer, the greater the need for backing up the data. Also, the probability of having to go through the data recovery process increases with the amount of information that is stored.

Why data backup is so important? In today’s world, information is more important than money. It is crucial to running your business. A company that loses access to its critical data is likely to be out of business in a short space of time. The necessity of data backup allows for quick and successful data recovery, which grows with the size of the company.

These are the most common reasons for data loss:
Human errors – deletion of a file or program by mistake, misplacement of devices or errors in administrating databases

Cyber Crimes such as –
Phishing – sending emails to large numbers of people asking for sensitive information (such as bank details) or encouraging them to visit a fake website.
Water holing – setting up a fake website or compromising a legitimate one in order to exploit visiting users.
Ransomware – which could include disseminating disk encrypting extortion malware.
Spear-phishing – sending emails to targeted individuals that could contain an attachment with malicious software, or a link that downloads malicious software.
Deploying a botnet – to deliver a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack.

Natural (random) causes – including power failures, hardware failures, a sudden software crash or freeze, software bugs

Disaster – fire, flood, storms, earthquake etc.

To minimise your data loss you should choose the right data backup strategy. And there are a number of steps:
which data to backup at what intervals and from hosted cloud back up, backing up to an own remote server and the right storage media (from USB drives to NAS drives), managing the existing copies (they can be destroyed during the same accident. They all have an important impact on successful data recovery, as well as on the well-being of your business.

Engineer Artur

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