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Portable devices, Mother Nature and human error threaten critical data in 2007

CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc., a Markham, Ont. provider of data recovery services, predicted today that enter...


January 3, 2007  


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CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc., a Markham, Ont. provider of data recovery services, predicted today that enterprises and consumers will continue to grapple with data loss disasters in 2007 as a result of adopting new technologies and acts of Mother Nature.

CBL said that despite advances in weather forecasting, the frequency of fire, flood and other natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes and ice storms will continue, and according to hurricane experts in the United States, the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should have above-average activity.

“In areas that are subject to the wrath of Mother Nature, even the best-laid disaster recovery plans can be upset,” the company said.

“Data loss will happen if proper backup procedures or offsite backup practices are not followed.”

According to CBL, with the introduction of new data recording techniques and the exponential growth of data storage capacity combined with declining prices, it’s tempting to put all bits and bytes in one basket.

However, with capacities of enterprise storage now reaching one terabyte, the loss of a single server can also mean the loss of all critical business data, it added.

“Storing all of your e-eggs in one convenient internal or external terabyte basket is all well and good until you accidentally format the wrong drive,” said Bill Margeson, president and CEO of CBL “That’s when you’ll need to call a data recovery expert who can put e-Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

The firm said that ultimately, user behaviour will continue to be the leading cause of data loss.

Users need to invest in anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software to protect their systems and take care when opening e-mail attachments.

“In our data-dependent society, data loss is inevitable,” said Margeson.

“Mother Nature will always pose a threat to critical business information. Backing up data should be everyone’s New Year’s resolution, if not a priority.”