The size of your company doesn’t matter when it comes to the value of your data — if you own a company, you need to have a plan in place to keep your data secure. From system failures to natural disasters, there are a number of things that can compromise your data. In this post, we present three important reasons to develop a plan to protect data within your business.
Statistics Don’t Lie
Did you know that 90% of companies who lose data due to a disaster have to shut down within two years? The survival rate for companies who fail to obtain a recovery plan is less than 10% and only 44% of businesses recover information after a data recovery event. (Source: StorageCraft)
In addition to these statistics, 53% of claimants never recover the losses incurred by a disaster (StorageCraft). These percentages aren’t something you want to be a part of at any point in time. Having a solid and secure backup and recovery plan can help you avoid the trouble and damage caused by data loss.
3 Reasons for a Plan to Protect Data
No matter how much data you need stored, a backup and recovery program will provide your company with the framework for keeping your data safe and sound. There’s nothing more valuable to your company than its data. There are a number of reasons you need to keep data secure. Among other reasons to protect data, you need to keep records showing your adherence to government regulations and to protect sensitive customer information.
1) Hardware and system failures.
It's a fact of life — machines break down! Hardware failures can immediately put your important data out of reach for your employees, preventing them from being able to assist customers or close new deals. When this happens, unprotected data can make a bad situation much worse because of the time it will take to 1) get your hardware and systems repaired and 2) re-create or recover lost data.
When you have a proven backup and recovery plan set in place, you don’t have to worry about losing valuable files from system failures.
2) User Errors.
Human error is identified as a leading cause of both data loss and data breaches. People make mistakes, there’s no way around it. Whether someone is training for a new position or makes a mistake with the simple stroke of an incorrect key, no one is accident-proof.
When you have a data protection plan set in place, small human errors won’t matter anymore. Your data will be protected, as it should be.
3) Natural disasters.
Whether your building catches on fire or an earthquake causes water damage, files are often lost forever as a result of a natural disaster. Having a plan to protect data is just as important as having disaster insurance for your company. You can’t keep your files secure during a natural disaster if there’s no safe place to store them.
Developing a plan to protect data will literally protect the business you've worked so hard to build. Understanding the common sources of data loss, above, can help you minimize the effects of data loss if and when you are impacted.
It’s Time to Make a Move
Your data deserves protection. Data loss doesn't have to be a major crisis — and with a plan to protect data, it won't be. There’s no need for your company to go under for something as unexpected as a loss of data. Whether your system has a virus at some point or a hurricane blows through, it’s a good idea to have that plan in place. Make a move to keep your company safe today. You’ll be glad you did.
For more information, read our helpful e-book, "Why You Need Backup and Disaster Recovery," below and take steps to safeguard your valued data.
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