Cause and Effects of Data Loss

What Causes Data Loss?

In order to understand shortcuts to losing your data, the first thing we need to do is understand the most
common reasons that data is lost.

The primary causes of data loss are:
• Human failure
• Human error
• Software corruption
• Theft
• Computer viruses
• Hardware destruction

The results of the two best studies regarding data loss in the real world are depicted as follows:
Root Cause Incident %
Hardware failure 40%
Human error 29%
Software corruption 13%
Theft 9%
Computer viruses 6%
Hardware destruction 3%
Source: David M. Smith, Ph.D., Pepperdine University
Root Cause Customer Perception Actual Incident %
Hardware or system problem 78% 56%
Human error 11% 26%
Software corruption 7% 9%
Computer viruses 2% 4%
Natural disasters 1% 2%

For addittion detail on how to prevent downtime, please see   Is Your DR Sufficient

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7 Shortcuts to Losing Your Data (and Probably Your Job!)

7 Shortcuts to Losing Your Data (and Probably Your Job!)

This tongue-in-cheek white paper explores data loss from a contrarian point of view—exploring the top 7 shortcuts you can take to ensure that you lose your data. And since a fundamental responsibility of any information technology professional, as well as any C-level executive, is to ensure that the data upon which any company is created is protected—scrupulously following these shortcuts should also ensure that you lose not only your data but your job as well.

Thank you for your interest in 7 Shortcuts to Losing Your Data (and Probably Your Job!)

Last Updated: 06/18/2013
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