3 Common Ways Data is Lost in the Cloud

Data ProtectionThere’s a common misconception that data in the cloud is fully backed up.

Did you know that it’s more likely that an employee will delete something they end up needing two weeks later than the possibility of all of Amazon or Microsoft’s servers being destroyed by a storm?

Cloud applications like O365 are not usually the responsible party for data loss, but also they aren’t built to protect against accidental or malicious actions either.

It is important to know that if your employee accidently deletes some data or email, you are most likely out of luck in getting it back. This is because most small to medium businesses don’t have an adequate backup solution in place.

Here are the 3 most common ways that data is lost in the cloud:

Accidental Deletion and User Mistakes: More often than not, data is deleted only for the user or organization to later realise that it is actually still needed. It is an easy enough thing to do as well. As simple as deleting a scrapped project and then later learn it is starting up again. Information can also unknowingly be overwritten or corrupted by users and third-party apps.

Overwriting Data: Many cloud applications can hold large amounts of data that is constantly added to and updated. Overwriting data is a common problem that occurs when large amount of data is imported into the application via bulk uploads or when integrated third-party applications are used to manage the data inside the base application.

Malicious Actions: People often delete data before they quit their role if they suspect they are going to be fired, or to spite a boss or co-worker they are angry at. Hackers can also be the culprit, surpassing security systems to delete or corrupt data. Whether internal or external, untrustworthy users are a reality.

Datto’s Cloud Protection backup solution insure your business against data loss across G Suite and Office 365, including Gmail, Google Drive, Team Drives, Exchange Online, OneDrive and SharePoint.

Gain peace of mind that your data is protected from accidental deletion, overwriting and ransomware.

Robert Brown
07/03/2019

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