Security breaches are becoming inevitable, and it is important to prepare for them.

Security breaches are inevitable, should be expected

Stephen Perkins

With so many cybersecurity tools now available to help organizations ward off data loss, it is easy to understand why many companies believe they can have airtight protection of their files and applications. But as more breaches are reported around the world with growing frequency, many are starting to recognize that there is no cure-all remedy for security, and organizations need to accept that what happened to retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus is not necessarily preventable in 100 percent of instances. According to U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, head of the Senate commerce subcommittee on communications, technology and the Internet, loss of digital consumer information is a "fact of life" in the modern world.

"I know that some people beat up on Target, but the truth of it is that can happen to any of those companies and it has," he said, adding that the repetition of events like these should serve as proof that they are inevitable.

Instances of digital security failures are just as big of a risk as a tornado or fire. Be they malicious hacks or inadvertent in nature, problems are inevitable and businesses should seek out offsite backup in order to keep operations running smoothly at all times.

Breaches equally likely to be purposeful, accidental
But it is also important to recognize that data loss does not have to be malicious. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, 2,512 inadvertent breaches were reported to have occurred between 2005 and 2014, be they through a lost device or a misdirected email. In total, these occurrences compromised 213,605,819 files and records. Just because information has been lost does not mean it is being used with ill intent, but the level of uncertainty that comes with this kind of situation requires it to be treated in a similar fashion.

This is why disaster recovery strategies should not just account for major outages and inclement weather, but also for instances where information has leaked out of the company's servers. Since data has gone missing and cannot be accounted for, backup copies must be accessed. This is where remote backup can be incredibly beneficial. Not only are files stored redundantly in a location that keeps them safe from any damage, but they can be instantly recalled over the Internet. This means that downtime associated with any kind of data loss can be greatly reduced. 

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