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A Data Loss Event Impacts Your Entire Business3 min read

There is nothing more debilitating to a company than data loss. Most companies think the only thing lost in a data loss event is vital information. After the data loss event and the restoration of your backups, you still must consider the lost productivity that comes because of the incident. Information and productivity are not the only things you’ll lose in the event lost data.

You Lose More than Just Data

Data has never been more important to businesses than it is today. And keeping it safe should be a priority for companies of all sizes. When you suffer a data loss event, whether it’s stolen or lost due to hardware failure, it becomes a problem for all areas of your business. It goes beyond just losing information. Some companies can’t fully recover from a loss of data. If they lose enough, they must close, putting people out of work.

Take a minute to consider what role data plays in your company. Think about the financial impact a major data loss event would have on your organization. You’ll have the incident itself, along with the restoration of your backups; as well as significant downtime and loss of productivity while your data is being restored.
Suppose you’re able to recover from an incident like this. Your data was successfully recovered, and your employees were able to get back to work with minimal downtime. What about a cost to your business you can’t entirely account for; your reputation?

Other Concerns, Regarding Customer Confidence

What if the data lost or stolen was valuable to more parties than just your business? We are talking about client, customer, and vendor information. It’s one thing to lose information that your company needs to operate internally; it’s another when you lose information that could put customer’s personal information at risk. If this happens, this could create a considerable amount of distrust to your organization. If you can’t keep customer data safe, you’ll lose business and potentially lose everything along with it.

So What Can You Do?

Before all the data loss, employee downtime, and public relations efforts that go into a data breach, you need to understand who is after your data. They are hackers. They can either be rogue or a part of an organization that is after any data they can find. While you’re hard at work keeping your business operating, they are working on gaining access to your information. It is important to remember that they aren’t targeting your specific company or just your data. Hackers just want information they can sell to the highest bidder. So, just because you’re a small business compared to others in your industry doesn’t mean you’re safe from being hacked.

With data breaches and hacks happening so often, your organization needs to be prepared. Install enterprise-level network security tools, such as a Unified Threat Management tool, that includes a firewall, antivirus software, and spam filters. Train your employees in the latest security procedures if a suspicious email makes its way into their inbox. Keep your software up-to-date with the most recent patches. Every little bit helps to keep hackers on their heels. If you make it hard enough for them, they will just move on to an easier target. Don’t be one of the easy targets.

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Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Technical writer Living in Tampa, FL. Originally from Indiana. In my free time, I cook, play golf, stay active (either outside or at the gym) and patiently waiting for the next Star Wars movie.

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