Top Causes of Enterprise Data Loss

6151333645 1362a70527 oAs private citizens, we’ve been taught to be careful with our personal information, never giving out our social security numbers over the phone or sharing our ATM PIN numbers with anyone. But in recent years, businesses have increasingly become a target of data theft as well. Hacking alone accounted for over 1/3 of the data breaches the first quarter of 2011, according to a study by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). Additionally, studies by Symantec and McAfee echoed ITRC’s noted increase in data theft and found that data leaks (both intentional and accidental) from an enterprise’s employees had become another significant threat. According to the ITRC report, insider theft of data equated to almost 12% of the first quarter’s breaches.

 

In order to protect itself against internal as well as external threats, an enterprise must recognize its own vulnerabilities and be willing to invest the time and resources needed to make data security a priority.

 

Beyond typical infrastructure failure, natural disasters, or other outside influences, some of the primary challenges to enterprise data security from within an organization include:

 

  • accidental file deletion or formatting
  • data theft from within the enterprise
  • not being diligent about data security and / or not taking backups seriously
  • staff members who are not properly trained in an organization’s data security measures
  • having no concrete plan in place and / or having too many chiefs making decisions on how best to back up enterprise data
  • choosing the cheapest, not the best, solution for an organization’s unique situation and requirements
  • sticking with outdated solutions
  • not seeking professional advice when developing an enterprise data security plan

 

At the end of the day, the responsibility of data security lies in the hands of those who own it and in those who manage it, and we must therefore all make it a priority. When considering enterprise data storage providers, do your research. Find out where your data is replicated and stored, what safety measures are undertaken to ensure your privacy, and the reputation of your chosen provider. Consider the provider’s existing clientele, and speak to those clients directly if you can to find out their experiences with the provider. When you’re dealing with vital business data and, therefore, your livelihood, you can never ask too many questions.

 

To find out what measures Zetta takes to ensure the safety of your enterprise data, sign up for one of our free webinars.

6151333645 1362a70527 oAs private citizens, we’ve been taught to be careful with our personal information, never giving out our social security numbers over the phone or sharing our ATM PIN numbers with anyone. But in recent years, businesses have increasingly become a target of data theft as well. Hacking alone accounted for over 1/3 of the data breaches the first quarter of 2011, according to a study by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). Additionally, studies by Symantec and McAfee echoed ITRC’s noted increase in data theft and found that data leaks (both intentional and accidental) from an enterprise’s employees had become another significant threat. According to the ITRC report, insider theft of data equated to almost 12% of the first quarter’s breaches.

 

In order to protect itself against internal as well as external threats, an enterprise must recognize its own vulnerabilities and be willing to invest the time and resources needed to make data security a priority.

 

Beyond typical infrastructure failure, natural disasters, or other outside influences, some of the primary challenges to enterprise data security from within an organization include:

 

  • accidental file deletion or formatting
  • data theft from within the enterprise
  • not being diligent about data security and / or not taking backups seriously
  • staff members who are not properly trained in an organization’s data security measures
  • having no concrete plan in place and / or having too many chiefs making decisions on how best to back up enterprise data
  • choosing the cheapest, not the best, solution for an organization’s unique situation and requirements
  • sticking with outdated solutions
  • not seeking professional advice when developing an enterprise data security plan

 

At the end of the day, the responsibility of data security lies in the hands of those who own it and in those who manage it, and we must therefore all make it a priority. When considering enterprise data storage providers, do your research. Find out where your data is replicated and stored, what safety measures are undertaken to ensure your privacy, and the reputation of your chosen provider. Consider the provider’s existing clientele, and speak to those clients directly if you can to find out their experiences with the provider. When you’re dealing with vital business data and, therefore, your livelihood, you can never ask too many questions.

 

To find out what measures Zetta takes to ensure the safety of your enterprise data, sign up for one of our free webinars.

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