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Companies should stop trying to assign blame in data loss cases

by on June 24, 2013

There are recurring issues in corporations of all kinds face data loss, theft and file tracking issues. Businesses have long struggled with the concept of putting all their data away in the right sequence and storing it in a way that keeps it from getting lost, either from internal mishandling or external theft. There are plenty of ways of avoiding these issues, but all of them take time and money to implement, leaving some firms simply trying to get along with the tools and protocols they already have in place.

This is a major mistake and a mounting problem in organizations dealing with more digital infrastructure and the trials of big data. With more files pouring into corporate infrastructure every day, legacy solutions with poorly managed data inventories are simply getting pushed aside to make space in the data center for even more information that may be mistreated in the same way. The only way to avoid this becoming a total avalanche is to recognize that data handling and backup tape management is everyone's responsibility.

Owning the errors
Kroll Ontrack wrote that a poll by SC Magazine showed that nearly one-fourth of all respondents said lost files are the fault of management or specific individuals. Everyone else agreed that collective responsibility was at the heart of major loss issues. This supports the idea of chain of command, the proper handling protocols associated with ensuring that specialists are giving files, archives and backup tapes the attention they deserve in order to promote continuity and compliance. In order to facilitate these multi-station management needs, the source stated that almost 100 percent of all study respondents indicated that file sharing and networking options were a must.

At the same time that individuals are less responsible for overall data loss than the whole team for allowing the error to occur, it's still important to acknowledge the impact of each person on how data is handled at every stage of the storage process. With B&L's Vertices, establishing a chain-of-custody report or tracking down single players in the management and maintenance process is easy. This solution helps set clear guidelines for everyone's role in backup tape curation, helping organizations hone in on the areas that seem to be lacking in performance. This assists personnel with improving their productivity and quality of work, while ensuring compliance for the whole organization.

New:Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:00:04 -0400

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