It’s a no-brainer for professionals everywhere that data is a critical part of every business and industry. From company and employee information to client partnership details, businesses thrive through keeping critical files safe to not cause any complications. That’s why when IT disasters happen, it’s best to employ effective data backup and recovery solutions to counteract these instances. There are even companies that hire either their own or third-party IT disaster recovery experts to prevent these things from happening. The Philippines was even declared as the country most concerned about data security among the 13 who were surveyed in the Unisys Security Index just last year.
Fortunately, there are solutions that can help either avoid such incidents from happening, or address it immediately once it’s happened. But before we can effectively quell these concerns, we must first know the types of disasters businesses should look out for. Read them below.
Viruses and malicious software
Viruses and other malicious software are a common way of data breaching. They are put in devices to get important information and files with the owner none the wiser. With several types of viruses, all of them are designed to cause harm and compromise your data to serve a harmful third party’s interests. In order to prevent infection, it’s best to invest in a good antivirus software so these threats are identified and removed accordingly. Your employees should also be vigilant in clicking suspicious links and visiting shady websites to avoid such an incident.
Sometimes, a device may be working properly, but the file itself cannot be opened or used. That’s what you call a corrupted file. This usually happens due to improper shutdowns and software errors. When this happens, the file basically becomes unusable, which spells bad news, especially if it’s a particularly important document. To combat this, avoid turning off your applications and your devices improperly. Also, make sure when you’re transferring files that there’s no interruptions while the process is ongoing.
While software protection is of utmost importance when it comes to mitigating data loss, the same care should also be given to the hardware. If your hard drive sustains any damage for whatever reason, this can cause data to be lost and the device to not work again. When this happens, it’s recommended to take it to an expert so they can determine what needs to be done for it to function properly. Aside from that, those handling the hardware need to practice caution as any wrong move may damage it beyond repair, resulting in significant loss.
Data can also be stolen through simple theft. The information your business has, including the confidential ones, may be leaked to the public or used as leverage for you to meet the thief’s demands. That’s why as much as you exert effort to protect your software and hardware from damage, you must also ensure proper security measures at the site. Put up CCTV cameras to monitor every move. You can also limit access to server rooms to just the relevant personnel through special key cards.
Natural and venue-related disasters
Natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, and the like, are inevitable and cannot be stopped. Even with the measures you take to protect your data, the possibility of offices flooding and the premises burning can still pose a threat. If it’s a disaster you can foresee, make sure you relocate all your hardware to a secure, unaffected venue beforehand. You should also have a backup of your data just in case your devices are damaged during the disasters.
Even though data loss is usually caused by intentionally harmful factors, sometimes it can happen because of an honest mistake. This can be accidentally deleting a file, overwriting an existing one, and many more. The best way to avoid such mishaps caused by this is to simply have backup files in secure storage. Humans will make errors, and as much as you chide your employees, it can still happen as no one goes out of their way to mess up. It’s better to be prepared before any mess-up causes consequences for your business.
All of these disasters may seem quite overwhelming at first if you don’t know how to deal with them. But with proper data backup and recovery methods, you can take rise up from these obstacles with all of your files and information still intact. With backup in particular, it’s quite crucial to have such a solution as even with the technology, there are certain things that just cannot be recovered.
At Sandz Solutions we offer BaaS (Backup-as-a-Service) and DRaaS (Disaster Recovery-as-a-service) to make sure your files, information, and other important data are protected against various threats. Our team is knowledgeable of the technical expertise needed to make these solutions work. Contact us to get started!