Data loss has always been a big disaster for both big companies and small and medium enterprises because a lot of problems will be derived from it. What will happen to a small and medium enterprise after the discovery of destroyed important data? Although some small and medium enterprises may have a safe solution to backing up their files, this solution may still be affected by a small negligence. The enterprises must have sufficient knowledge and skills to protect and recover important data. Otherwise, the digitized information can be easily lost or damaged. Now, we’d like to introduce four main threats to enterprise data security to help enterprise managers find a better method for data protection.
Four main threats to enterprise data security
- Human error: Kroll Ontrack’s study on the main reasons for the loss of data displays that 40% of households, enterprises, governments and IT distributors believe that human error is the primary cause of data loss. In other words, human error is the most primary one of the four main threats to enterprise data security. This means that though the skills and knowledge of users have been developed a lot in the past few years, human error is still the key factor of data loss. There are some common human errors: accidental file/folder deletion, inappropriate storage devices placement, accidental system hard drive formatting, etc.
- Neglecting of data backup: data backup is very important to protect enterprises’ core files. Without data backup, enterprises’ databases and accounting archives are likely to disappear due to system failures like hard disk damage. Unfortunately, it is too late for most enterprises to realize the importance of data backup. According to an AT&T’s study, almost half (47%) of the small and medium enterprises backup data at least once a day; almost three-quarters backup data once a week; however, there are still 7% of small and medium enterprises that have no data backup because they think it is unnecessary.
- Data leakage: data leakage refers to the intentional or unintentional leakage of sensitive data outside the enterprises’ network. A Trend Micro’s global survey shows that the small and medium enterprises are increasingly worried about data leakage events because both financial information (such as net income) and personal information (such as employee name) can be leaked out, causing huge losses.
- Data-stealing malware: like big companies, the small and medium enterprises are also cybercrime targets because they also have valuable employee and customer information. Cyber criminals can steal a variety of enterprise confidential data, from employees’ personal information to enterprises’ online bank account. If these data fall into criminals’ hands, all people in this enterprise/organization will become victims. In addition, more serious problems, such as identity fraud will be brought.
After knowing above four main threats to enterprise data security, enterprise managers are able to find a more effective way to protect enterprise data. In fact, more and more small and medium enterprises choose to use cloud computing, which can save costs and avoid a lot of unnecessary problems in buying and managing backup storage management system. Small and medium enterprises do not need much storage space, so local physical backup is feasible. However, these backup solutions are still vulnerable to hardware failures and natural disasters. Taking these factors into consideration, we believe secure online data backup is a better choice.