When considering business continuity and backup solutions, many companies also examine the causes of data loss. According to Computerworld, the largest contributor to data loss is internal negligence, such as forgetting to input data or losing a hard drive or USB device. While these may seem like innocuous mistakes, they could cost a company a great deal of money or put it at a major security risk if the contents of a device include sensitive information.
According to the news source, data loss is uncomfortable for a business when it comes from a hardware crash or disaster, but it’s worse if the data ends up in unknown hands.
“The extent of data loss goes beyond the obvious loss of valuable and sensitive information, making data protection both a business and technological concern,” Vern Hue of IDC Australia told the news source. “What is most worrisome is the loss of brand value and brand equity due to the loss in confidence by the different stakeholders. Some organizations just cannot rise again after such an impact.”
While recovery is easier with the proper data backup software in place, loss from internal negligence still raises important issues. A fault in IT security, lack of resources, lack of security training for employees, or having too low of an IT budget could all contribute to this problem.
Internal negligence raises other concerns as well, such as opening up the company to data breaches. A breach of IT security can result not only in loss of data, but loss of other resources and funds, which can damage the company in other ways. From malicious attacks to corporate espionage, this type of security threat is only one other concern that poor internal security can raise.
By improving training, IT security, and funding, a business can ensure that negligence will be minimized, and not pose a significant security risk to its data – making disaster recovery its primary concern when it comes to data backup.