If it is on a computer, the chances are it will go missing

The fact that there are around 8 million hits on Google for sites that deal with issues of data loss ought to tell us something – something such as the fact that digital technology has a problem: data gets lost.

I don’t want to dwell on the issue too much for fear that it might seem as if I am trying to issue notices of doom and gloom, but in summary data seems to get lost in no less than six ways:

  • Everyone forgets where on the computer the information was filed.  (We often don’t admit this, but it is amazing how often this happens.)
  • Someone leaves a memory stick on a train or sends data on a CD which the courier loses.
  • A hard drive corrupts, and there is no adequate back up (or the back up uses old technology and so can’t be accessed any more) so the data is lost.
  • An aggrieved individual (such as an employee or ex-employee) walks out of the office with data on a memory stick and uses it maliciously.
  • Someone breaks in electronically and removes the data.
  • A virus or a Trojan attacks your system and corrupts everything.

In short, what we can say for sure is that:

  1. Digital data goes missing
  2. Most companies feel that it can’t happen to them because they are either too careful or they have good protection systems in place.

Of course I can’t argue with you about your own protection systems, but the fact is that data regularly goes missing from major companies, government ministries, and from individual computers (as when people put in their own credit card details).  And that’s just about everywhere.

So what’s to be done?  Should we all go back to paper?

Of course that’s impossible. Increasingly our society is based on digital technology – but it is clear that if you really want things to stay where they should be (contracts, legal agreements, historic data for HMRC etc) then having a paper based system is helpful.

All you need then is somewhere to store it.  Somewhere that only you and your colleagues can access.

And that’s what we provide.  The antidote to lost digital data.  The classic storage facility.

If you would like to know more go to our website or give us a call on 0800 783 9516.

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