The recency bias: Why over-rotating on cybersecurity leaves gaps in disaster recovery plans

Disasters come in different forms and to ensure they’re protected once one hits, IT departments should make sure their recovery plans and procedures are in place, say Rick Vanover, Senior Director, Product Strategy; and Dave Russell, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy at Veeam Software

Since the beginning of the pandemic, IT departments have sharpened their collective focus on cybersecurity. They’ve doubled down on protective measures to stop hackers from stealing data and launching record numbers of ransomware attacks. In the process, many may have taken their eyes off of other threats that can cause just as much damage as a cyberattack.

Human error remains the most common cause of data loss. Studies show that corporations lose nearly five times the amount of data through accidental deletions and overwrites as they do from malicious incidents. Accidental configuration, application and user administration errors also can crash systems, delete data and cause costly outages.

Natural disasters are a growing problem. A record number of tropical storms have hit the U.S. the past two years, and experts expect climate change to cause more and more damage. The financial impacts of the recent Hurricane Ida alone are costing businesses, consumers and communities are approaching $100 million.

Source: ITP