Imagine running the ICU of a hospital. Everything is running smoothly, until all of a sudden, all patient data is gone. All digital information regarding patients’ conditions, histories, treatments, medications, allergies...all gone in a blink of an eye. You thank your lucky stars that you still have paper records to fall back on, though shifting to analog systems still results in quite the bedlam for your unit.
#1 Losing data has dire consequences
While the above is an extreme example of data loss, it does illustrate how bad things can get for organizations if ever they suffer data loss. This brings us to the primary reason why firms such as yours need to prioritize data backup and disaster recovery: losing data has dire consequences.
For a software developer, no backups can mean risking losing hours of work on creating the next billion-dollar app. For eCommerce businesses, lost product data can mean lost sales. And for so many businesses that have personnel who use computers for all sorts of tasks, losing data can mean so much productivity that’s lost to downtime.
#2 Data loss prevention efforts will never be enough
Many things can cause data loss. Here’s but a few of them:
- Data storage devices can deteriorate.
- Floods or other natural disasters can damage data centers.
- Ransomware can lock data away from users.
- Employees can mistakenly delete files, folders, and entire drives.
Though it is good and correct to take measures to prevent data loss, covering all its potential causes is next to impossible. And even if you do cover all your bases, there’s still the chance of preventative measures failing on you.
For instance, anti-malware software only guards against known threats, which means that it offers no protection against entirely new ones. Viruses that bypass your security can literally catch you off guard and wreak havoc on your systems.
This means that when it comes to undertaking data loss prevention efforts, you’re much better off guarding against the most likely causes and having a backup and disaster recovery plan just in case data loss occurs.
#3 Impromptu data backup and disaster recovery efforts are likely to be costly and ineffective
For a ship to be truly seaworthy, it needs to be stocked with life preservers and have enough lifeboats as well. No captain would ever say, “Oh, we’ll just build a lifeboat in case the ship sinks.”
In the same way, business owners and managers must prepare for data loss in advance. For example, if your data is encrypted by ransomware, there’s no way to unlock it unless you pay a handsome fee for the decryption keys — which are not even guaranteed to work. Therefore, having backups is the only way to avoid such a costly outcome.
Additionally, without a sound backup and disaster recovery strategy in place, coming up with a data recovery solution on the fly and then implementing it would take much longer than just executing a pre-prepared one. This is because the solution would be untested and therefore prone to errors.
Furthermore, because of how dire your situation is, the solution would likely be crafted haphazardly — i.e., without consideration of cybersecurity risks. To illustrate, you might be able to replace a malware-infected drive with an old copy of it, but if that copy had the same infection, then you’d just have a repeat of the same awful situation you had before.
At Umbrella, we always say that reactive IT is just too expensive. To learn more about proactive protection against data loss, consult with our IT experts today.