5 IT Shortcuts That Put Your Company’s Data at Risk

Jan 14, 2015

A study from the University of Texas showed that 43 percent of companies that sustain data loss close and never reopen, and 51 percent close within two years. This goes to show that for any IT departments looking to save time and money, they shouldn’t be doing so at the expense of their data protection. It’s crucial to keep the company’s data protected.

Here are five common protection shortcuts that could save your company’s data at risk.

1-Trusting co-workers to follow policies:  Unfortunately, not all employees follow every company policy. Even when an employee does follow the rules, mistakes are still often made. Automating data retention is the best method to avoid this. Automation allows for the continual execution and strict implementation of policies and procedures, while retention enables recovery even if the data loss is noticed at a later time.

2-Ignoring hardware failures: The leading cause of data loss is ignoring hardware failures. Most IT professionals don’t completely disregard this but many do often ignore the fact that certain backup mediums have high failure rates, such as tape or network- connected storage devices that are used as both the source and target of a backup.

3.Underestimating cybercriminals: These days, companies have at least some basic security solutions. Examples of this can be firewalls or anti-virus software. The problem is that cybercriminals are successfully breaking through traditional cyber defences. IT professionals should evaluate their infrastructure and identify areas of vulnerability and implement advanced security solutions to overcome them.

4.Failing to test disaster-recovery plans: Testing must be done on a consistent basis so that it becomes your standard business practice. Testing them on an infrequent basis can majorly increase the risk of data loss in the event of a disaster.

5.Playing the odds:  We hear many data-loss horror stories but still many companies don’t have a disaster-recovery plan in place to protect information themselves. Many of the companies that do have a plan in place have just one general set of guidelines that apply to all catastrophic situations. Have a strong plan that focuses on people, infrastructure and processes will help immensely. It’s important to clearly outline how each is affected in different disaster scenarios.