5 quick ways to lose your data (and probably your job)
It would never happen to me, are the famous last words of someone who has not experienced the torrential downfall of how losing data can affect your organisation dramatically.
During January the 5th 2015 Morgan Stanley US fired an employee on the grounds of stealing client data, almost 350,000 client account names and numbers were briefly posted online for the public to see. Data security has become a growing concern for organisations as this was one out of many cyberattacks on large scaled organisations in the past couple of months.
The good news is that the number of data loss incidents is decreasing overall. However, the number of data lost during an incident is growing exponentially. The average business can experience more than three working days (25 hours) of unexpected downtime. Other consequences of downtime for the organisation are loss of revenue and delays to product development or services.
Besides data theft, which can be out of your control sometimes. There are ways to prevent a disaster before it happens. To do this, you first need to expect the worst and determine how your organisation is at risk to best implement a disaster recovery action plan.
Top 5 causes of Data loss
1. Human Error
Sorry to break it to you, but one of the most common data loss causes is by your employees deleting files accidentally. Maybe they didn't get their 9am coffee fix, but no matter the reason is this happens on the regular where employees accidentally rewrite on top of files and delete the wrong files. Easy way around this is to make sure your employees have a regular backup solution in place, so no matter what file they delete you can retrieve the original copy within the last backup.
2. Power Failures
Just like a tornado a power outage is something you cannot avoid, but you can prepare for. Besides the initially loss of data that you didn't manage to save before a blackout occurred there is also the after math of sudden changes in voltage that may damage your desktop's hard drive.
Being connected to the worldwide network may have its advantages, but also comes at a price! It opens your computer to many serious risks such as viruses, damaging malware and data loss is just a side effect of some larger damage done to your operational system.
4. Software corruption
This is not only caused by software defects, but through the chaining of errors in systems as well. Downloading free software can be the kiss of death (or blue screen of death) poorly written online shareware or freeware can lead to major data loss and other problems like trying to remove the software from your desktop.
5. Water Damage
They say it's no use crying over spilt milk, but in the case when you accidentally spill your coffee or water onto your laptop and realise that 30 paged proposal you just typed up is gone, maybe that’s something to shed a tear about. Since the growth of laptops and tablets the risk of losing data has skyrocketed. Liquids cause short circuit of important electronic components, which are really hard to recover afterwards.
It is a long and slippery list of how you could lose data in the workplace, I didn't even get to mention what if asteroids hit earth! to check where you sit for data disaster use the data risk calculator, so you can start planning for the worst!