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Bizarre ways to land yourself in a data disaster

Madura McCormack | Dec. 3, 2012
Kroll Ontrack reveals list of top 10 data loss tragedies for 2012, ranging from cats to cars.

2. Malware epidemic

Deploying anti-virus on your bug-infested computer works when it's just one machine, but what happens when malware silently infects 30,000 workstations at a Middle Eastern oil company?

1. Blinking red lights is never good news

An IT manager alerted by staff about blinking red lights on the RAID (redundant array of independent disks) decided to ignore it, believing nothing was wrong.

Three weeks later the machine stopped working, taking all the data along with it.

"Despite best efforts to prevent disasters, data loss still happens due to hardware failure, software corruption, computer viruses, natural disasters and of course human error," said Todd Johnson, vice president of operations, Kroll Ontrack.

Thankfully, all tragedies described here have happy endings. On a side note, it would be strategic for companies to employ some form of data recovery plan as a survey by Kroll Ontrack in September noted that 49 percent of organisations experienced some form of data loss in the last year. 


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