Human error is as big of a threat to business as malicious attacks are.

Human error threatens disaster recovery

Stephen Perkins

It would be wonderful if everything always went according to plan, namely in terms of disaster recovery. Ideally, malicious hackers would be the only threat to security, and attacks could be easily thwarted with the right cure-all digital protection. But not only is this a completely unrealistic way to approach the problem, it totally fails to take human error into account. 

Accidents happen. IT staff members might trip over a plug and cut power to essential systems, or a drink sitting next to a server rack might spill and fry every circuit in the bunch. Enterprise technology problems can often be the result of carelessness or negligence, and companies have to be prepared in the event that an unintended occurrence creeps up and threatens the stability of the organization.

Ken Katz, property risk control director at Travelers Insurance, said that should something disastrous invoke downtime, "you'll need to recover in a timely fashion, because your fixed costs continue even when you can't open your doors. If you don't plan it through [before it happens], you'll have to do it on the fly and make decisions when you're stressed."

One of the best ways to prepare for both intentional and accidental disasters is to invest in online, offsite backup. In a time when human error especially is becoming a growing concern, there have to be up-to-date redundancies waiting in the wings to take over. Essential systems and documents need to be available at a moment's notice. By trusting them with a qualified provider, companies of all sizes will be able to prepare themselves not only for what they know is potentially coming after them, but also what is not specifically on their radar. 

Organizations need to cover as many bases as possible at all times. A data backup solution that realizes this absolutely includes remote hosting.

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup