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5 Common Causes Of Data Loss

5 Common Causes Of Data Loss
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Data loss is a serious problem for businesses of all sizes, losing essential files means having to redirect your efforts from your business’ core focus, to recovering data. Data loss can happen when data is accidentally deleted or something causes files to become corrupted. Viruses, physical damage or formatting errors can cause data to become unreadable by both humans and software.

Although data loss can be caused by a variety of factors, each posses a unique problem for data recovery. However awareness of the types of data loss and the risks associated with losing data is essential for reducing the risk of data loss.

5.Hard Drive Damage

If your business does not operate within the cloud and your employees often store documents on their hard drives than damage to a hard drive could lead to a loss of data. To prevent hardware malfunctions work with your device appropriately and keep your device away from excessive dust. You should also review where your data is stored and consider a migration to the cloud. Our Sales team would be thrilled to discuss a cloud migration with you.

4. Hackers

In recent years, hacking and data breaches have become incredibly common. To avoid the problems that hacking can cause, your business must have strong cybersecurity protections. Unauthorised guests to your network can cause serious risks to your data through deleting or stealing data. Common ways hackers gain access are;

  • Servers with poor security
  • Not having adequate firewalls
  • No regular patch testing
  • Using passwords that are easy to crack

To ensure you are guarded against risks, contact our team and we can help you secure your business against data breaches and security risks.

3.Power Outages

Power outages can interrupt business operations substantially, causing software systems to shut down without any warning. Not only can this cause a loss of unsaved data but it can also cause existing files to become corrupted due to improper shutdown procedures. To avoid this backing up recent versions of data to the cloud is essential, in the case of data recovery also being required, we can help too!

2. Human Error

Humans are by no means perfect, mistakes do happen and sometimes they’re big mistakes. For businesses these mistakes can result in the unintentional loss or deletion of essential data or sections of text within documents. Without noticing, employees can overwrite important files or delete information that is essential to your business. One important measure you can take to prevent this is training. Training your team members to understand your business’ data processes and your backup systems.

Human error can often be undone if you have backed up your essential data to the cloud. If data requires disaster recovery, we can often source a previous version of your essential data.

1.Viruses & Malware

Most people automatically think about viruses when they think about data loss. For businesses, viruses can often steal and delete large amounts of data which can bring business operations to a halt. A computer often gets a virus from an email-based attack or through phishing, which tempts employees to click a corrupted link. This link then allows dangerous viruses or malware to enter your network.

There are many ways to protect against these viruses:

To lean more about how to secure your business visit our website by clicking here or contact our offices in Waterford and Dublin!

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