Some things in life, such as taxes and the music of the younger
generation, have been around forever – and yet we are still not
comfortable with them. The same can be said of certain areas of
business and IT, with the need to protect an organisation’s vital data
using a variety of technical mechanisms – backup and recovery,
archiving, and so on – springing readily to mind.
There are plenty of ways to lose data, for example, following theft, fire
or flood, through human error, computer viruses, hardware failures or
security breaches. However, although IT staff have been dealing with
data protection challenges for decades, research suggests that only
a proportion – perhaps no more than a third – of corporate data is
being backed up according to formal policies.
Content Contributors: Tony Lock & Jon Collins