In this digital age, data protection is vital. Because valuable corporate information such as customer details, financial records, vendor contracts and many more now primarily exist in digital formats, they must be protected from digital threats. This would include protection from viruses, worms, spyware and adware, as well as from crashes, power outages and natural disaster. The first category is taken care of through anti-virus and anti-malware programs, and the second is normally covered with backups.
Moving it up a notch, there is such a thing as real time data protection. While anti-virus and anti-malware solutions are normally available to protect in real time–as data is coming in, going out or even simply residing on a hard drive–backups are normally periodical, occurring weekly or every several days.
One serious gap in data protection is that of accidental deletions. A common occurrence, these usually result in a frantic call to the help desk. The help desk then might check with the user to see if he or she checked the Windows Recycle Bin–but will normally discover that the accidentally deleted file is not there because it was saved across a network to a server. The Windows Recycle bin only captures files deleted on a local drive. IT personnel must then engage in a time-consuming search through backup, restoring the version of the file that existed at the time the last backup was performed.
The lost time doesn’t stop there however. Considerable work might have been done with that file by the user since it was last backed up, and now that user must bring that file back up into the state it was in when deleted. Worse, if the file has been created since the last backup, it must now be re-created from scratch.
While high-end corporations with substantial IT budgets might have state-of-the-art solutions in place to cover such an eventuality, most companies do not. What can be done for the rest of us?
The answer is a software solution that provides real time protection against accidental deletions. Replacing the Windows Recycle Bin with one of its own, it can actually capture files deleted anywhere on a network, whether the drive is remote or local. With just a few mouse clicks, any accidentally deleted file can be recovered in seconds.
The benefit is the hours IT no longer has to spend searching backups, along with the time saved for users no longer having to re-create all the lost work.
Real time data protection isn’t just for anti-virus and anti-malware any longer. Providing substantial ROI, real time protection and real time recovery fills the gap in data protection for companies everywhere.