The average cost of a data breach (2011 data) ranges from less than USD $100,000 to about USD $7.2 million per incident. It can bankrupt a company instantly and we have all seen the examples over and over again on the news. Mostly from hardware failure but more and more from a security flaw and/or cyber attack, the problem is only getting worse.
Please, don't be a statistic. Coastal Computers takes security very seriously and we work hard to make sure you never have this problem. We have plenty of options for both on & off-site back-up. Both are important but ultimatly they all depend on your need and company size. We will go over these options during our intial consultation.
Data Back-Up is very important. Just look at the facts below for small business that have not had a Back-Up or Disaster Recovery Plan in place...
Take a look at some of these Statistics on Data Loss:
- 40% of Small and Medium Sized Businesses don't back up their data at all
- 32% of data loss is caused by human error (some studies say as high as 50%) 31% of PC users have lost all of their PC files to events beyond their control
- 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape back-up failures.
- 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster.
- 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately. (National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)
- American business lost more than $100 billion as a result of viruses during 2011.
- Companies that aren't able to resume operations within ten days (of a disaster hit) are not likely to survive. (Strategic Research Institute)
- Every week at least 200,000 hard drives crash in the United States. (Mozy)
- 60% of all data is held on PC desktops and laptops 1 in 5 computers suffer a fatal hard drive crash during their lifetime
- A hard drive crashes every 15 seconds and over 2,000 laptops are stolen every day
Natural Disasters of any kind can strike at anytime. This is why off-site back-up is so important. With a "Cloud" type solution from Coastal Computers your data is secure and will never be lost.
Server or Computer Crashed? Don't Worry, we can most likely recover your data and restore you to where it was before the crash. Give us a call and let us know what happened, we will let you know what is the best next step.
We are here to help and we understand that the thought of losing your data can be devastating. Don't worry, this happens all the time... give us a call and we will show you peace of mind, right now, today!
Data Remanence is the residual representation of data that remains even after attempts have been made to remove or erase the data. This residue may result from data being left intact by a nominal file deletion operation, by reformatting of storage media that does not remove data previously written to the media, or through physical properties of the storage medium that allow previously written data to be recovered.
Data remanence may make inadvertent disclosure of sensitive information possible, should the storage media be released into an uncontrolled environment (e.g., thrown in the trash, or given to a third party). Various techniques have been developed to counter data remanence.
Please give us a call so we can properly dispose of your old Hard Drives with sensitive information on them. Coastal Computers is here to help, this information should never reach the wrong hands and it is no longer safe to roll the dice and think it won't happen to your organization. Every company has sensitive data on their drives and even after this data has been deleted, it can be retrieved.
Tossing files into the computer’s trash bin and then emptying the trash deletes the record of the file, but not the data the file points to. Think of it as removing the labels from folders in a file cabinet: the folders and information in them still exist, even if retrieving the data now takes more time and effort.
If your going to sell or recycle a computer give us a call to make sure the data is permantley erased and that the computer parts are recycled properly.
- The potential liability if sensitive data gets out easily justifies the cost.
- If wiping the drive yourself, use a utility tool that overwrites every sector of the hard drive with binary 1s and 0s. Tools that meet government security standards overwrite each sector multiple times for added protection. Windows and Linux users can download Darick’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN), which is free. Other products for Windows include cyberCide, KillDisk, WipeDrive, and DataEraser. They are all fairly inexpensive.
For Mac OS X 10.4 installed, you can use Disk Utility’s secure erase options.
• Don’t forget that other storage devices such as USB flash drives, iPods, Tablets, & Mobile Devices can also contain private and sensitive information.
*Source: ENISA, June 2011.