Data corruption, or modifying data in a malicious way to prevent use in desired purposes, is a serious problem in the IT industry. Businesses need to be ready with a plan to handle data corruption. A prepared IT Vendor includes a data corruption plan in a well documented disaster recovery plan that handles catastrophic measures.
Causes of Data Corruption
- Wrong system shutdown
- System crashes or halts during its active state
- Unexpected power failure
- Hard drive failures or another hardware related issue
- Failure to remove hard drives and storage devices properly, often without turning them off right before removal
- Virus infections from the internet or external devices
- Data altercation during transmission over a network
Strategies to Avoid Data Corruption
- All users should disconnect and remove external devices properly and follow the proper steps to shut down a computer
- Consider using an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), a system that provides backup power at the time of a main electrical source failure to prevent the loss of unsaved data
- While surfing the Internet, be careful of malicious websites and downloading corrupt software which can introduce viruses to your system
Strategies to Handle Data Corruption
A backup and recovery strategy is the best way to protect your data from events that cause data corruption. Once lost or corrupted, data can only be retrieved from a back-up storage. The most reliable IT support frequently backs up critical data so that it always remains readily available. If data is corrupted over a network, then automatic re-transmission of data will also prove fruitful.
A well-defined and well documented plan for handling data corruption will be helpful, so that employees and management will know the protocols in an event of data corruption.