5 Potential Data Loss Risks Facing Businesses Today

Nowadays, data loss is occurring to both individuals and businesses almost every day. Although most businesses have taken many measures, they may still ignore some potential data loss risks. This article will expose 5 of them.

For individuals, data loss may be just file corruption, like PST corruption. But for businesses, data loss may be serious database corruption and even data breach. So, no business can withstand data loss without suffering any negative influences. Most businesses have been well aware of the importance of data protection, thus they have taken various precautions and measures.

5 Potential Data Loss Risks Facing Businesses Today

However, with the development of the times, more and more potential data risks facing businesses emerges. And most of them can be often and easily overlooked. Thereby, businesses should keep up with the times, digging out all new data loss risks around them and take relevant actions. Here we will unveil 5 such risks.

1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Today, multiple businesses start to support “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)”. It means that businesses allow their employees to bring their own device, such as personal mobile phones, tablets, and even laptops, as their work devices. Though it’s indeed very convenient, it also brings out many risks. For instance, employees utilize their own device to contact clients, like sending important emails via their own computer. In this process, data may be leaked. Therefore, businesses should develop a BYOD policy, such as ruling what devices employees can use and what data they can access on their own device and so on.

2. Portable Storage Devices

Portable storage devices refer to USB flash drives and external hard drives. These devices have been widely used to store and transfer data. Most businesses have assigned such devices to their employees. Yet, these portable devices are easily to get corrupt or misplace. For example, one employee takes with a USB flash drive which contains a lot of your business data. If the USB flash drive gets lost, data in it will definitely cause risk to your business.

3. Point of Sale (POS)

In order to make customers more convenient to pay, many businesses, ranging from small retail stores to large markets, have used handy point-of-sale systems, such as mobile credit card readers and so on. Nevertheless, these services indeed work relying on third party integrators, most of which have no adequate security measures. In this situation, sensitive information may be stolen and attacked, like client information.

4. Cloud Services

Furthermore, both individuals and businesses prefer to use cloud-based service, no matter cloud storage or cloud backup or others. There is no denying that you indeed can benefits a lot from cloud technology. But it is also a potential data loss risk. According to related survey, a great number of businesses allow employees to store, share or access sensitive company data on public cloud services. With no doubt, this will threat business data security. Thus, enterprise should never loss control cloud services used by employees.

5. Employees’ Low Awareness of Data Protection

Even though businesses have realized the significance of data protection, it does not mean that employees have the same thoughts. But this is often neglected by businesses. Most businesses just release the data protection policy, but haven’t told the employees how important the policy, let alone training employees. So, it is imperative for firms to raise their staff’s awareness of data protection.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql corruption and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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