Often, it’s easy to take for granted things that are really important, but go on in the background. Two of these things are data protection and security. Like an insurance policy that exists to protect you in the event of an unforeseen disaster or accident, data protection and security act as an insurance program for IT. Without such insurance, networks can be in real trouble. During the recent months, we dealt with 2 issues where client data loss was experienced, and 1 real security breach occurred. With our managed dataConnect service, we also conducted 8 successful restores of data that otherwise might have been lost. In regard to the losses. . .
Your data is only as good as your last backup
One client had a critical eCommerce web server that had not been backed up regularly. Not more than a couple of days beforehand, they had made an image of it in preparation of migrating it to a new server. The next day, the server crashed and there was unrecoverable data. Fortunately, data loss was minimal, and the system is back up and running. Another client experienced a similar issue, but the results weren’t as good. Backups they thought were running and managed by a hosting provider, weren’t. Upon restoration, it was determined that their customer data could not be restored.
Data loss can be likened to experiencing a fire. Once data is erased or a hard drive crashes, often what’s left behind is unrecoverable. Does your business face such risk? Do you know for sure that you can bring your system back online? If so, how long will your employees be down while you recover? Implementing a safe data protection and recovery system is critical.
So. . . Is your data safe if it’s backed up?
Not all data loss is because of system crashes. While many security breaches come from the Internet, many more can occur within your own business. In a case we worked with recently, internal employees were responsible for stealing company information and profits. The results can put an organization through really difficult times. Many times, such problems can be prevented, but require some planning and proactive maintenance.
Gartner Group, an IT analyst & consulting group, highlighted 5 main preventative measures that can be taken to clamp down on your network:
- Deploying content filtering,
- Encrypting data,
- Securing workstations,
- Encrypting laptops, and
- Database activity monitoring.
In addition, enforcing proper network permissions based on Active Directory, applying regular security patch updates, enforcing auditing, and implementing secure remote access can really minimize issues that your organization may face from employee theft. The following articles contain valuable advice on implementing proper data protection and recovery procedures.
- “Gartner Identifies Top 5 Steps to Dramatically Limit Data Loss and Information Leaks”
- “Ignorance and the Data Loss Connection”
For a complimentary evaluation of your company’s data protection and disaster recovery plan, call us at 805-526-1455 x118.