Nearly all enterprises have backup systems in
place, but still regularly encounter data loss
events that cannot be effectively recovered.
Data loss dramatically reduces workers’
productivity and can quickly affect a company’s
In a worst-case scenario, a catastrophic data
loss event can render a business incapable of
serving customers, irreparably damage its
reputation and even threaten its very existence.
It is a good idea to know about the most common
causes of data loss so that you may benefit from
them and avoid any future mishaps.
8 Reasons for Data Loss
1. Unavailability of IT staff
2. Impaired connectivity hampering recovery
3. Granular file recovery was unavailable
4. Human error
5. Rogue employee
6. Accidental deletion of a file
7. Damaged target media
8. Corrupted backup data
Unavailability of IT Staff
IT staff may not be available when data
recovery and/or restoration is needed.
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The lack of proper connectivity may negatively
affect the recovery of a file from the cloud.
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Granular file recovery
Multiple files and applications or an entire
snapshot had to be restored to recover a small
number of critical files.
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Mistakes in properly formatting the backup
medium or overwriting backup data may result
in data loss.
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An employee whose actions threaten the
information security of a company or its ability
to function is an organization’s biggest threat.
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Accidental deletion of a file
Mistakes with deletion of a file or creation of a
software bug can result in data loss.
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Damaged target media
Damaged tape and disk requires a costly and
time-consuming data recovery service.
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Corrupted backup data
Accidentally backing up corrupted or incorrect
information alters the process of data flow.
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