Prevent Data LossAccording to Wikipedia, Data loss refers to the unforeseen loss of data or information. The reality is that data loss most certainly comes at a time when you least expect it. Loss of important data and digital assets occur due to a variety of factors including hard-drive failures, theft, corrupt devices, etc. Unfortunately the problem of partial and/or full data loss is widespread and often companies "react" to it spending tens of thousands of dollars in recovery costs. In some cases loss of important customer information can permanently damage brand reputation and image, and even incur expensive legal troubles.
The key to preventing data loss is being "proactive" and securing your data and take necessary steps to backup on a regular basis.
Laptop Data LossLaptops are compact and often use components that can easily overheat and suffer hard-drive failures making sensitive digital information and data stored on them vulnerable. In addition laptops and portable notebooks are dropped frequently, lost or stolen from cars, airports, and even from offices. Unsecured wi-fi network connections on laptops make your data vulnerable to viruses and hackers.
Some Key FactsThe following are some key statistics:
- $17.8 billion in data loss cost for US Businesses in 2003
- 1 out of 14 laptops are stolen
- 4 million data records compromised or lost due to data breach
- $6.4 million in total laptop theft loses
- No.2 cause of overall PC loss is theft
- 97% of stolen computers never recovered
- 80% of computer crimes by "inside jobs" by disgruntled employees
- Less than 5% of laptops are backed up
The following chart shows the worldwide dataloss as reported by the DataLossDB / Open Security Foundation.
The following chart shows the number of reported incidents of data loss since 2002.