Most Common Causes of Data Loss

Data that is corrupted, unreadable, or deleted is often called a data loss. According to studies of small and medium-sized businesses, this is a fairly common occurrence (>50%) and has the capability to cause damage enough to threaten the livelihood of your company if a back up plan is not used. In order to prevent data loss, it is important to comprehend the common causes of these losses. Here are a few of them…

 

According to data from Kroll Ontrack:

  • 67% of data loss is caused by hard drive crashes or system failure
  • 14% of data loss is caused by human error (haven’t we all hit the wrong key or deleted files accidentally?).
  • 10% percent of data loss is a result of software failure

 

Losing data can be a costly event, but knowing where the dangers are can be half the battle. Some other causes of data loss other than hard drive crashes, human error, or software failure include the following:

 

  1. Power Outages – Think of the number of storms the United States has experienced in the last few years that have caused widespread outages lasting days, sometimes even weeks. Be prepared with a data recovery solution before one of these disasters hits.
  2. Hacking – In the past few years, hacking has become a huge problem. Especially concerning are those hackers who hold your data for ransom until you pay to regain access. A back up plan that is followed regularly can help you get back on your feet quickly without having to deal with the malicious group. Be sure that your security protocols are being followed and that you assess them regularly to keep up with current threats.
  3. Theft – With our workplaces becoming more and more mobile, there are more chances to have devices, from tablets or laptops, stolen while you are on the move. If your employees have the means to access data remotely, then you should also have the means to wipe those devices remotely in the case of a theft.
  4. Virus/Malware – Viruses can steal and delete large amounts of data or bring business operations to a crawl. Be sure you have the most updated security versions and regularly test and evaluate your system for viruses.
  5. Mechanical Damages – It can happen that an employee could drop a device, or spill a drink on it that could damage the fragile parts of the interior of the computer.

 

If you do not have a data recovery protocol in place, or if you have questions about the vulnerabilities that your company faces, call Spectra Networks at 978.219.9752 or visit our website.