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The Many Forms of Data Loss Disasters

The Covid-19 pandemic taught us many things, primarily that we don’t have things all figured out. Not only are humans vulnerable as people, but so are the systems, networks, and devices we build and rely on. All manner of disasters can cause significant damage and problems, bringing businesses to a grinding halt.

It’s time for companies, large and small, to move towards taking steps to ensure business continuity and resilience in the face of natural and man-made disasters. In this increasingly digital world, backup and disaster recovery (BCDR) should be a high priority for all businesses. The repercussions of even one single data loss incident could mean the end of your business.

As an example, imagine you’re a health services provider and somehow you end up having all of your patient data lost due to a fire that destroys your on-site backup device. How would you recover?

In this article, TechSeven will break down for you the different types of data loss disasters, how you should be preparing for them, and how you can leverage BCDR to meet and maintain regulatory compliance obligations.

The Many Forms of Data Loss

From natural disasters such as tornados and flooding, to cybersecurity threats such as malware and ransomware, data loss disasters can come in many different forms.

Natural Disasters

This covers everything from storms, tornados, hurricanes, flooding, and fires. In most cases, you can expect infrastructural damages, power failure and mechanical failures, which could then lead to damaged data or complete data loss.

Hardware and Software Malfunctioning

Software and hardware failure can potentially cause data loss if your business does not have BCDR structures in place. This could be due to software bugs, glitches, configuration errors, programmatic errors, component failures, power surges, or sometimes because a product reaches end of life or can no longer be updated.

Human factor

Aberdeen Research recently did a study that found that regular human errors have been the cause of nearly 64% of business data loss incidents.[1] These human caused errors range from accidental file deletions and overwriting of existing files, naming convention errors, neglecting to save or backup files, or even something as simple as spilling a drink on a storage device.

Cyberthreats

Your business could possibly fall prey to malware, ransomware and virus attacks, which could leave your data and backups corrupt and irrecoverable. Additionally, data loss could be caused by malicious or disgruntled insiders with unauthorized access, which often flies under the radar. A recent study shows that employee action is involved in up to 23% of all electronic crime events.[2]

Plan and Prepare for Data Loss Disasters

As you have seen, data loss disasters can come from a wide variety of places, some obvious and some less so. The important thing is for you and your business to be proactive and to have a solid plan in place for these disasters. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Perform a business impact analysis and draft a plan on how to recover key functions in the event of a disaster.
  • Define an acceptable Recovery Point Objective and Recovery Time Objective.
  • Set up a business continuity team that will take charge during a disaster.
  • Train your staff in backup management and data recovery.
  • Back up critical business data off-site and on the cloud.
  • Conduct threat analysis and define recovery steps for each threat.
  • Perform frequent security audits and mock drills to review the efficiency of your disaster response.
  • Keep the plan up to date and make sure everyone on the team knows their role.
  • Banking information should be stored in a way that it can be accessed quickly and securely in the event of a disaster.
  • Invest in a robust backup and disaster management solution that is frictionless, secure, offers SaaS data backup and doesn’t require extra hardware or network bandwidth.
  • Make sure you have a remote monitoring tool.
  • Employ waterless fire protection systems, moisture sensors, surge protectors and backup battery systems.

Leverage BCDR to Achieve and Maintain Regulatory Compliance Obligations

Data loss prevention is not the only advantage of taking backup and disaster recovery seriously. Creating and implementing a robust BCDR solution that includes constant monitoring of backup activity, advanced threat detection, immutable audit logs, access control requirements, data retention rules, and infrastructure or storage controls will make it significantly easier for you to meet compliance obligations applicable to your business.

Data loss disasters are inevitable. But you can minimize their impact by making BCDR a critical component of your business continuity and resilience plans. Not sure how to get started? We can help. Contact TechSeven Partners to get more information on how to build a reliable disaster recovery plan. 

 

[1] Everyday human errors account for up to 64% of data loss incidents. Employees inevitably delete the wrong email, contacts, or critical configurations. [Source: Aberdeen research]

 

[2][Source: the CERT Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University]