When you think of a “data disaster” — what comes to mind? A flood? Fire? Breach of data?
Although these do occur, it’s the everyday data disasters you really need to worry about — the accidents and malfunctions that occur all the time and for no specific reason.
In this case, awareness is key — which is why we’d like to take the time to discuss some of the most common data disasters.
Let’s go ahead and count them down.
1. A power outage
There are MANY reasons why the power can suddenly go out on you, anything from a testy Mother Nature to a faulty wire. That’s why unexpected power failure is something you should plan for. After all, if the power goes out, so do all of the devices that are hooked up to that power supply. In other words, improper shutdowns can lead to significant data loss.
2. Good old-fashioned accidents
We all make mistakes, and in many cases, data can be accidentally deleted as a result. Although there is no real way to avoid this type of data loss (other than perhaps improving your training program), you can safeguard your data from permanent loss. However, something like this will require a complete data backup plan, as well as an experienced IT company.
3. Common cyber threats
Although it is unlikely that you would be hacked by a group as well-known and meticulous as Anonymous, there are some nasty viruses and bugs out there. And smaller, lesser-known groups will hack you just to hack you. In order to avoid threats like these, you need to be prepared. Whether that means investing in IT resources or creating more detailed policies, everyday malware threats are typically preventable.
4. An irrational employee
Whether an employee quits or is let go, there’s always the risk of them intentionally stealing or deleting data. Because of this, it’s important to create and implement strict admin policies. Limit access to data as much as possible and develop a solid process for employee terminations. The more planned out this is, the safer your data will be.
Regardless, developing a professional backup plan cannot be stressed enough.
5. A hardware malfunction
Hardware can be volatile, and it doesn’t take much for something to fall apart. If the wrong piece of equipment breaks, it can take your data down with it. In this particular case, it’s important to focus on two things: ongoing maintenance and solid backups.
Do what you can to keep your hardware consistently healthy and make sure you have a solid backup strategy in place that protects your data from potential hardware malfunctions.
Starting today, create a plan that will protect your digital assets. Not sure where to begin? Contact a credible IT consultant in order to protect (and grow) your business.
If you’d like to learn more about your data and how to protect it, check out our definitive guide to business data.