Data Loss Disasters Come in Many Forms

Data Loss Disasters Come in Many Forms 

Data loss disasters can take various forms, from full-fledged natural disasters to cyberattacks and even simple human errors. Disasters can grind enterprises to a stop. Aside from financial and reputational harm, neglecting to preserve critical data can lead to costly lawsuits.  

Atom Creek believes firms of all sizes must have a backup and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan. If calamity strikes, you may quickly restore your business by deploying a failsafe BCDR. It will also assist you in adhering to governmental and industry regulatory frameworks.  

In this post, we’ll break down the many sorts of data loss disasters and highlight the importantance of BCDR components that can help you survive a disruptive incident.  

What can data Loss Look like?

Let’s look at the several forms of data loss disasters that might harm your business: 

Natural disasters 

This includes storms, hurricanes, floods, fires, tsunamis, and volcano eruptions. In most circumstances, you should expect infrastructure damage, power outages, and mechanical problems, all of which might result in data loss.  

Hardware and software failure 

If you don’t have BCDR procedures in place, software and hardware disruptions might result in data loss. These interruptions could be caused by bugs, glitches, configuration issues, programmatic faults, component failures, or simply because the equipment has reached the end of its useful life or the software is outdated. 

Unforeseen circumstances 

Data loss might occur because of unforeseen circumstances. For example, an employee’s portable hard disk could be stolen, your server room could have a water leak due to a plumbing issue, or one of your data centers could have a bug infestation. 

Human factor 

Human error is the most common source of data loss occurrences. These errors range from unintentional file deletions, overwriting existing files, and naming convention mistakes to neglect to save or back up data or pouring liquid on a storage device. 


Malware, ransomware, and virus assaults may target your company, corrupting and erasing your data and backups. Furthermore, data loss can be caused by malicious insiders with unauthorized access, which often goes unnoticed. 

Key components of BCDR  

Here are a few things to bear in mind when you develop a solid BCDR strategy: 

  • Risk assessment  

Determine potential hazards and dangers to business operations. To address risks, measure and quantify them. 

  • Business impact analysis (BIA) 

Assess and prioritize the probable impacts of a disruptive incident on important business functions in the recovery plan. 

  • Continuity planning  

Implement methods to restore important business operations with little interruption during a disruption. 

  • Disaster recovery planning  

Plan a well-defined business resumption plan in the aftermath of a disruptive incident to recover important IT functions and data. 

  • Testing and maintenance  

Test your disaster recovery and backup strategies regularly to guarantee they can be recovered in the event of a disaster. If they fail, you can work on improving them. 

Wondering where to begin? 

Creating and implementing a BCDR plan on your own can be difficult. However, we can assist you in developing the best BCDR plan for your company. To get started, contact today! 

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