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What can threaten my data?

December 20, 2013 | By | Reply More

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Data is one of the most crucial things you can own. As an individual, it has plenty of important information about yourself but, as a business, it has the details of customers, staff and other important people and aspects of the company. As a result, it becomes all the more crucial and must be protected.

Yet, before you can protect something, you should understand the threats being faced. When it comes to data, you must consider both digital intrusions and physical problems. Disaster recovery taking both into account is available at www.ironmountain.co.uk/services/data-protection/disaster-recovery, but it still helps to learn about the risks to understand just how important this service is.

Digital disasters

As convenient as computers are, they do bring their own share of risks into play. Once you start storing information digitally, you need digital protection to stop intruders stealing information.

These threats are incessant too, no matter what platform you use. For instance, a recent botnet – a virus that steals contact details and spreads itself, typically through scripted conversations – on Android called MisoSMS has been spreading around quickly, sending plenty of previously secure data to attackers in China.

Add in the fact that Android devices are common in the workplace, typically under ‘bring your own device’ work schemes, and the exposure faced by your network and server become ever more apparent.

Yet, even without direct attacks, people can cause servers to crash, files can become corrupt and so much more. As a result, a disaster recovery plan is still needed simply to offer that final back-up should you ever need it, not to mention peace of mind.

Physical problems

There are plenty of problems that can occur in the ‘real’ world, too. A server, after all, is still a piece of hardware. Hardware can break, be damaged, get stolen or a power cut can render it useless at an important point. In all these cases, the result is the same as a digital problem – your data is either inaccessible or already gone.

This is why disaster recovery is so important, as it covers all these physical threats too. You could have all the best firewalls money can buy, but it would mean nothing if a simple office accident resulted in damaged hardware. Even when you have remote access servers, such as The Cloud, for backup, they still have the same issues on their end – whatever you do, it’s a risk that isn’t going to go away, so alternative disaster protection is a must.