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Startups and Their Data: What Beginners Need to Know

The landscape of modern enterprise is undoubtedly predominantly digital. No cupcake shop or golf specialty store is without an online presence and computerized accounting. Then add in all the businesses which exclusively operate via the Internet. It’s clear to see how much we’ve come to depend on ones and zeroes to preserve information critical to keeping office, shop, and factory doors open.

The threats posed to these ones and zeroes have never gone away. Unauthorized access – popularly known as hacking – has continued to hold enterprises hostage into the 21st century. Yet the most common forms of data compromise arrive as innocent mistakes and hardware failure. There’s nothing malicious about it, but how can we get the data back?

Self-help guides to retrieving seemingly lost business data are plentiful, but these techniques only go so far. When it’s time to call in professional recovery experts, where should the typical startup turn to? The fundamental indicator for reputable data recovery is when a company provides seamlessly different services across multiple cities, countries, and continents.

It’s a matter of consistency. For instance, the data recovery Canada has at its disposal is no different than what’s offered to Americans or European startups thanks to the ubiquitous nature of the Internet and the cloud. Everything from traditional hard drive recovery to full on RAID recovery and SQL salvage are available, helping startups stay on their feet when failures occur or security goes awry.

In short, avoid taking company computers and hardware to unvetted, singular specialists. Are they fitted with a certified cleanroom? Are their employees checked for security? Find a recovery service with evident indicators they take these elements seriously.

What about proactive security measures? The rapid deployment of new web-connected technologies and devices creates a never-ending series of loopholes for cyber attacks to occur. The common startup of 2016, no matter how “traditional” is undoubtedly tethered to the Internet in some way, and more so than just through Facebook or Twitter. Network security designed to constantly monitor and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of cyber threats is imperative for any company working off multiple devices and from multiple locations.

At the end of the day, threats to data almost invariably come down to one factor: human error. Startups have a responsibility to themselves, their clients, and their customers to establish a competent workforce capable of safely and securing handling data. However, human error is pretty much inevitable. Plans and protocol in the event of accidental deletion or destruction of files are paramount for the success of a startup.

Sure, a few mom and pop stores still manage to function on an old fashioned basis free from computers and digital data, but this demographic has been shrinking for decades and is just about dried out. The business world of the 21st century thrives on digital data. What happens when this data is seemingly compromised, stolen, damaged, or gone forever? Give some homemade fixes a try, and if that fails, go to the experts. However, nothing beats old fashioned proactive policies helping to prevent data compromise from happening in the first place.