Data Recovery: Why It's Essential for Businesses

Data recovery is an essential part of any business's disaster recovery plan (DRP). Companies rely on data to make informed decisions and support daily operations, so any loss of data can have a severe impact on continuity. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires businesses to protect data from hackers and also to recover it in case of loss. If your organization's data is stolen or falls into the wrong hands, you may have to pay a hefty fine and report it to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as soon as you learn of the loss.

A data recovery plan ensures that your company can act quickly when data loss occurs and maximizes the chances of recovering it correctly. Before launching data recovery software, companies should immediately stop using the affected device and disconnect it from the network. However, if the data loss is due to physical damage to the storage device, data recovery software may not be enough. Having a reliable data recovery plan in place can help organizations recover from lost or damaged data much faster and without worry.

An application with an RPO and RTO measured in seconds (or less) may require continuous data replication or even fully redundant systems hosted in a nearby location that can take over immediately in case of data loss or system problems. Recovery software has the ability to repair damaged data files, databases, storage media and partitions, and it is hoped that it will also return lost data to its rightful place. The exact process for recovering deleted or damaged data depends on the type of data loss that occurred. Business data recovery is the process of restoring lost, damaged, accidentally deleted, or otherwise inaccessible data on your server, computer, mobile device, or storage device (or on a new device if the original device no longer works).

Users often delete data by accident or overwrite important files, leading to the loss or corruption of important data. Security measures include high-level encryption to protect backup data while it is on servers or when traveling over IP networks. Once you've determined the types of data you need to back up, you'll need to determine how often you need to back up and how quickly you need to restore them - that is, you'll need to determine the purpose of the recovery point and the recovery time objective for each related data set or application. According to Clutch, 58% of companies are not prepared for data loss, even though 60% of companies that suffer a data breach are forced to close their doors six months after losing data. Data backup services refer to the process of making copies of data and storing those copies to protect businesses from data loss.

If you don't already have a data backup and recovery solution in place, now's the time to start considering investing in one. While there are in-person data recovery services for businesses, they can be exorbitantly expensive with no guarantee that the data will be restored.

Joel Metty
Joel Metty

Iced coffee loving music fanatic with his own dad band, and years of data recovery experience.

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