It’s not always hackers that create dangerous situations for your organization. Threats can come from even unforeseen locations, such as your business’s network. No matter what the threat is, though, you have to be extremely careful about the little things that spell doom for organizations just like yours. One of these is failing to have a data backup solution in place.
When you think about disasters, what comes to mind? Perhaps your mind wanders to electrical storms that short-circuit your building, or a flood that wipes away your infrastructure. Other times, you might think about a hacking attack that exposes sensitive information to onlookers.
Regardless of which form your disaster takes, one thing remains constant: operations are affected to the point where your business cannot function the way it’s supposed to. This downtime doesn’t have to be permanent to cause major problems. Even temporary downtime can be detrimental to your business’ prolonged existence.
Your employees are another aspect of data backup that you can’t ignore, and it’s all because of the network security ramifications of allowing them to download the wrong attachment, install the wrong software or visit the wrong website. Depending on the severity of the data breach, you could be looking at either a temporary or a permanent shutdown of your business’s infrastructure, due to losing important data or certain systems being damaged beyond repair.
This user error is remarkably common in the workplace, even when it’s not related to network security. Certain files could be misplaced or deleted and, without the ability to deploy a data backup, you could be stopped in your tracks. Even minor issues like this can be resolved quickly and efficiently with a data backup plan, so be sure to take preventative measures before they pop up.
Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.