The Peace of Mind of Data Security

We read and hear all the time these days about data security and disaster recovery.  But do you know what the biggest causes of data lose really are and what really makes our data secure?  Is it the firewall protecting you from a cyber attack, possibly it’s your anti-virus program, or maybe it’s your password rules.  If you said yes to any of these you are on the right track because they are all important.  However the biggest threat to your data is actually hardware failure, in particular your hard drives.  Even though today’s hard drives are much more reliable than they were just a few years ago, they are still the most likely cause of data loss.  Hard drives still do fail and when they crash, they can take all your data with them.

When that happens, if you have not been doing and testing data backups, what are you going to do?  Are you going to close your business?  Maybe with luck, and a large cheque, you can hire a data recovery company to retrieve the lost data from your failed drive.  While this might save your data, it can be a slow, hit or miss process, depending on how your hard drive crashed.

What if the machine that failed, had all your customer’s order information on it; how are you going to get their orders fulfilled and delivered on time?  When you do finally get back up and running, will they still be your customers or will they have moved on to a new ‘more reliable’ supplier?  By then, it will be a classic case of “locking the stable door, after the horse has bolted”.

Will you then regret not investing, what you now realize was a small cost, in a comprehensive backup solution?  Was it really worth the possible loss of vital  business information or would you have been better off to have hired an expert to evaluate your system and provide you with a reliable backup process?  Beyond just backing up, you can also partner with a technology solution provider who offers maintenance plans that provide realtime monitoring of your computers and networks.  The best of these technology partners provide remote monitoring that can detect that a problem is starting before it brings down your computer or network.  Seriously, in the long run, it is simply not worth the loss of peace of mind to run with break fix companies alone when it is a question of your bread and butter.