Are you prepared for December data loss risks?

Johannesburg, 16 Nov 2012
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December has been identified as one of the highest-risk months of the year when it comes to data loss. With the majority of business users utilising laptops as their primary devices, and certainly the C-level execs all having a large volume of mobile data - if you don't currently employ an effective and automated data protection solution, your business is at high risk.

Too busy with other projects?

It's common that, just before the festive season, IT administrators and managers are wrapping up their annual operations and planning for the New Year. It is imperative that part of this process is ensuring that their organisation is securely protected against the high level of data loss incidents over December.

No one wants to start the New Year with lengthy and frustrating data recovery projects - or with the consequences of irrecoverable or compromised files. With data loss risks reaching a peak in December, this is a risk that all IT departments need to effectively address before the holiday season.

The December data loss risks

The reasons for such high incidences of data loss over this period are primarily due to the mobilisation of user data. Business employees take their laptops away with them on holiday, hugely increasing the risks and probability of data loss. Over the December period, a large number of executives are the victims of laptop theft and may damage or lose their machines during travel. There is also the threat of increased office break-ins over December as offices are left standing empty.

These risks can result in massively expensive and time-consuming data recovery challenges for IT. What is even more concerning is the possibility that the lost data is irrecoverable, and irreplaceable. Add to this the threat of unauthorised access to confidential and personal data and it becomes a vital business continuity imperative to effectively and securely back up users' data before the December break.

Ensure your business data is protected

While many organisations employ a user-managed file-server policy - expecting that users will follow policy and manually back up their own data - this has been proven ineffective. The Cibecs 2012 data loss survey uncovered that almost all business IT departments that employ a user-managed policy find that users not following this policy is their biggest data protection challenge.

Businesses need to ensure that, before the December break, their IT departments have employed a centrally managed data protection solution that automatically backs up user data to the central server according to policy.

Cibecs automated business data protection software

Cibecs is the simplest solution to endpoint data protection, ensuring that all business laptop and desktop data is automatically and efficiently backed up to your central server. Cibecs also speeds up and simplifies data migration projects - so should a user lose a laptop, IT can easily get them up and running on a new machine with all their data in its original location.

Cibecs addresses the imminent data loss risks of the holiday season, and prevents the costs and productivity loss of attempting to recover lost files and migrating users to new machines.

Find out more about Cibecs endpoint data protection software.

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Cibecs Natasha Chapman (+27) 82 390 2127
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