Hint – data disasters don’t necessarily come in the form of a tornado, even though when you experience it, you will feel like you were hit by one. And they aren’t usually caused by hurricanes and earthquakes either.
Data disasters are extremely prevalent, and sometime during your life or the lifetime of your business, statistics show that you will most likely experience one. Moreover, most companies are not prepared to lose access to their data, and are also not prepared regarding what they need to do to be up and running again to perform normal business operations such as taking care of customers, sending and receiving emails, accessing computer applications, etc.
Here is a list of common forms of data disasters (and they are becoming more frequent and more of a liability every day):
1.) Ransomware and Viruses
There are entities across the globe who have turned “ransomware” into a profitable livelihood. Ransomware, such as cryptolocker, is when a hacker gets access into your IT system then demands that you pay them money in order for you to regain control. This is when you are happy with yourself that you prepared ahead of time, and implemented data disaster recovery software. Knowing which data and how much data you can afford to lose – and how often you need to back-up your system and setting your software accordingly – will allow you to restore your backed-up data from the time before the ransomware or virus attack occurred.
2.) User Error
Some employees think that they are IT experts when they are not, and in good faith inadvertently destroy and delete important program applications. Or more likely, they just deleted important files purely by accident. You can also educate employees to be knowledegable about outside threats to your system, and help defend your company against someone accessing your environment and destroying your data. Employees should know to use strong passwords for their accounts, not open suspicious emails and links, and to not visit doubtful websites.
3.) Hardware Failure
After your equipment reaches a certain age, usually 3-5 years, it is time to replace your infrastructure. Your computers, laptops, servers, etc. perform a lot of hard work for your company and are excessively used at most organizations. What’s more, as technology advances and becomes more sophisticated, so do outside threats. According to StorageCraft, 99% of IT providers have encountered equipment failures, which means it is only a matter of time until hardworking hardware eventually fails and something happens to your data.
4.) DDoS Attacks – A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is similar to ransomeware in that it is performed by outside entities to incapacitate your system. A DDos attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users, such as customers and employees, and is performed by two or more people through the use of bots. It essentially takes down a website by flooding it with traffic, and can be carried out by competitors, pranksters, disgruntled customers or employees, and other enemies. Attack tools are easy and cheap to find online, and extremely simple to launch as there is much information on the web that describes how to perform one.
The best way to prepare yourself for the eventuality of a data disaster is to plan for it; contact an experienced and credible IT service provide to assess your environment and implement a data backup and recovery system that is right for you.
If you need help implementing a data backup and recovery solution, contact the data backup and recovery experts at NexusTek at 303-773-6464, or use the short contact form.