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The Four Largest Threats to Your Corporate Data Part 1

Nov 15, 2016, 17:08 PM by Peter Ely

Part One: Your Corporate Data is at Risk, So It’s Prudent to Understand the Most Likely Threats

The warnings are everywhere: protect your data, back it up, choose the right software solution, pick the right vendor, make sure you can restore. But have you ever stopped to think what you’re protecting your data from?

There are many things that can go wrong with your data storage systems, and it’s safe to say that companies range from being very prepared to very exposed when it comes to taking the necessary precautions with their data. To better understand the importance of having a proper data protection solution in place, it makes sense to explore the most likely doomsday scenarios — so you can determine the likelihood of any of these occurring within your own organization.

In part one of this series, I’ll look at the first two threats — Network Security Breaches and Human Error.

Data Threat #1: Network Security Breach

Risk Level: Moderate

Cyber threats exist across the globe. Anyone connected to a network is at risk. Companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on sophisticated network security solutions to mitigate these risks, yet we can’t seem to go one week without another Fortune 500 company making the headlines because of a breach. Just ask the clients of Ashley Madison about the impact of that security breach on their lives.

Network security breaches come in different shapes and sizes. Many businesses have experienced severe outages due to computer viruses, malicious malware, computer hackers, and actual physical location breaches where thieves broke in and stole hard drives with corporate data inside. So it’s critical to ensure that your data is protected on multiple levels.

From a digital perspective, it’s important to have your data backed up with a certified data encryption technology that ensures even if a thief can somehow steal the data, they have no way to access it. From a physical perspective, it’s important that your data resides in a facility that can withstand a variety threats (e.g. cyber-attacks, power outages, physical attacks, connectivity interruptions).

Data Threat #2: Human Error

Risk Level: High

In my 20+ years of experience in the technology industry, I’ve learned that the most frequent causes of data loss are based on human error. I’ve also found that human error can create the most severe problems. Indeed, slippery fingers on a keyboard have brought down entire companies. Data gets deleted every day by mistake, for a variety of reasons — from deleting a critical email, to wiping out entire data archives containing years of historical company data.

Choosing the right technology to protect your data is important, but it’s equally important that you can trust the people handling your data on a day-to-day basis. Some people have ulterior motives, and giving the wrong people access to your data, or trusting your data with an organization that does not employ sound processes and procedures, can devastate your company.

Investigate your company’s data retention policies. Make sure these policies make sense to you and that they meet any regulatory compliance guidelines your firm is obligated to adhere to.

Also, remember that a backup provider is only as reliable as its people. So make sure that the team of support engineers who will be handling your data are experienced and have a proven track record. KeepItSafe is ISO-certified and has world-class facilities for guaranteed data protection.

Check back for part two of my series to learn about the last two threats — Site Disasters and IT System Failures.

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Greg Onoprijenko

Regional Sales Manager, Canada for KeepItSafe

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