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AdobeStock_99654558.jpegYour construction company’s data is essential for your day-to-day operations and overall success.  Everything ranging from designs, plans, contractor information, inventory and more can live on, in, and between a variety of devices.  In order to keep your data secure and protected you need to know the common causes of data loss, and how to prevent them.

Device Theft or Loss

Gartner Research shows that a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds.  While it may not technically be theft, between the number of people that are on a job site and the number of different devices that change hands, it’s not uncommon for a laptop or tablet to “walk away”, and when it does your data goes with it.  While replacing the physical device is expensive and inconvenient, the real cost stems from the data breach. 

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Accidental Deletion

Over the course of a day and over the entirety of a project, files are going to be created, shared, and updated countless times.  This creates a great potential for them to be overwritten and accidently deleted.  If you are on site and accidently delete a file or a program essential to your task, it can really cause a problem. 

Viruses and Malware

Viruses and malware are becoming more and more prevalent.  Not only can these damage a device, more often than not they result in a data breach.  Ransomware is growing in popularity and efficacy.  Ransomware is a type of malware that is often perpetrated through email and will encrypt your network’s data if a ransom isn’t paid by a deadline. 

These are three common causes for the loss of data.  Leveraging the power and capabilities of remote access can mitigate the first two.  Being able to remotely connect to a device or network from the office or job site can not only save time, but it can allow you to restore important data, as well as track and recover lost devices and files.  As far as the third, an IT security assessment can reveal potential weaknesses in your network and can provide the visibility and tools you need to mitigate these growing risks.

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About the Author

Shayne Reich is the President of Willow Bend Systems.

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