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Understanding data recovery services
You plan for emergencies in the hope that they’ll never happen. That’s why the average workplace (and home) contains smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. It’s also why most businesses would very much benefit from partnering up with a data recovery service. In spite of their name, the main point of a data recovery service is actually to stop you from losing access to your data in the first place, but if you do, then data recovery services will help you get it back as quickly as possible.
Common causes of data loss
There are all kinds of
reasons why data could be lost, most of them can be grouped into one of three
Technical issues can mean anything from
issues with storage media, to issues with your operating system to issues with
loading and syncing data.
While you might think that technical
issues are responsible for the majority of data losses, environmental issues
can also be a big deal. In this context, the term “environment” basically means
anything to do with the surrounding area, which could impact the availability
of the data.
This could mean anything from poor
environmental controls resulting in damage to the physical media on which data
is stored, to losing access to the location in which it is stored (e.g. a
flooded office), to being unable to access the data due to loss of
infrastructure (e.g. during natural disasters).
The term “insider threats” may seem a
bit harsh, since it suggests malice and, which malicious deletion (and data
theft) does occur, when compared to the other factors, it’s probably not that
big of a deal. If, however, you extend the term to include accidental deletions
for one reason or another, then it’s easier to appreciate what a big issue it
could potentially be. Put it another way, your staff don’t have to mean to do
any harm to do harm.
Keeping your data safe
To be clear, keeping your data safe
starts with knowing what data you have and why you have it. Then you can think
about where it is stored (and where it needs to be stored) and who should have
access to it. Even if you’re not obliged to follow GDPR, having a look at the
documentation related to it can be a useful source of guidance as to how to
develop effective data-security procedures.
Having just said all that, there are
three basic approaches to data storage and retrieval and not only can they be
combined, they often should be combined.
Local storage used to be the standard
and in many cases there are still arguments for using it, albeit not on its
own. The advantage of local storage is that it should be possible to access it
with the absolute minimum of delay because it is stored on-site. The
disadvantage of local storage is that it is vulnerable to local threats. If you
are going to go down this route then you not only need to keep security front
and center at all times, but you also absolutely must have a Plan B and
preferably a Plan C as well.
The cloud might have been made for data back-ups, but even so, you need to do it properly. Basically there is no room for error with data-versioning and not only is it best to undertake this process through software (there’s all kinds of room for error with manual data-versioning). This is a strong argument for getting a proper data recovery service to do it for you.
The great thing about cloud storage is
that you can access it from anywhere as long as you have an internet
connection. There are, however, two potential issues with this. First of all,
in a real worst-case scenario, you may not have an internet connection and
secondly there may be reasons why you would prefer at least some of your data
to be stored offline, but not locally (or not just locally).
Storage in an offline vault There are three main reasons for storing data in an offline vault. The first is that it is often the most cost-effective way of storing data which is being archived because it might be needed for legal reasons (e.g. regulatory compliance) rather than data which might be required for business purposes. Secondly, no matter how good your network security is, storing data offline is the only way to be absolutely sure that it will be kept safe from cyberattacks. Thirdly, in the event of a natural disaster (or other issue) bringing down the internet, you will still be able to access your data and work locally. With all that said, keeping data safe in an offline vault is not as straightforward as it may sound, hence the advantage of using data recovery services.
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