Written by Chris Thornton
Business continuity isn’t just about reacting after a disaster. Understanding the reasons why a company loses its valuable data should be an important part of your plan…
When disaster strikes, the loss of data has a greater potential impact on small businesses, which can feel the effects much more acutely than their larger counterparts. Data loss doesn’t just cripple day-to-day services, but destroys the confidence of clients and employees in the future of an organisation.
While a business continuity plan is an essential step towards protecting your data from loss, we always emphasise the importance of prevention to clients – that is adopting practices that protect their business from disaster before it happens. Preventing data loss is obviously much more efficient than (and preferable to) dealing with the consequences of it, but adopting that strategy means ensuring every member of your organisation is able to identify the risks.
This kind of ‘best practice’ approach goes beyond the mundane – it should go without saying that remembering to save, use antivirus software and be careful with drinks around electronics are important habits. Rather, the best way to prevent data loss involves encouraging a pattern of behaviour for employees.
So, with that in mind… why is data lost?
It should be clear that there’s no magic bullet to prevent data-loss. Understanding why data fails makes finding solutions easier, and has the additional effect of strengthening your company against emerging threats. Identifying areas of risk is only the start of the challenge, however, to effectively combat the causes of data loss you’ll have to encourage patterns of behaviour in your employees and build business continuity into day-to-day services – rather than turning to it only after disaster strikes.
Is your company working to prevent disaster, rather than recover from it? Are you aware of the risks to your data? Get in touch if you need help from the Shackleton Team…