6 common threat vectors and how to protect against them

Data loss can lead to costly downtime, lost productivity, and even long-term reputational damage. But do you know which are the most common threat vectors? Let’s find out.

Hardware failures – the king of all threat vectors

They can occur at any time, all you can do is minimize the risk. To reduce downtime and sometimes even prevent it use backups and data replication, clustered configurations, dual power supplies, mirrored disks and RAID disk arrays and UPSs.

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Human error

Accidents happen. It’s not a matter of if somebody will make a mistake. It’s rather a matter of when he will make it. That’s why regular backups take such an important part in reducing cost of data loss caused by careless or malicious employees.

Data corruption

Data corruption is basically the effect of common system errors or bugs. It happens due to changes of the original code. There are many causes like: improper shut down or restart of the system, malware infection or software and hardware issue. Therefore, taking regular backups is essential. You should also use antivirus software and regularly check possible system issues.

Computer viruses / malware

While downloading or exchanging files, if you’re not careful enough, your computer can end up with a nasty virus or fall prey to a ransomware attack. That’s why always use some good antivirus program, never open suspicious emails, use a firewall and install all security updates. And for the most popular ransomware today – file encryption attacks, backups are the only way of securely getting your data back with no ransom paid.

Theft or loss

Laptops and mobile phones have become attractive and simple targets for thieves. It doesn’t surprise anyone when they get stolen. But a far greater number of devices simply get left behind by their owners. Never leave your laptop unguarded in a car, conference room or at the airport. Develop also a written company policy on safeguarding phones/laptops and periodically reinforce awareness of the consequences of theft.

Natural disasters

Yes, they are occurring less frequently. But they carry high risk and should not be left out of any backup strategy planning. Mother nature can ruin every business – even the best prospering one – when It’s not ready for such an event. The only good way to protect data against any natural disasters is online backup. Sending your backups or second backup copy to the cloud, where your data is saved from any disasters.