10 Scary Stats About Data Loss You Need To Know!

10 Scary Stats About Data Loss You Need To Know!

Hindsight is 20/20 they say. The same applies to your data. You’re only safe when you plan ahead, before disaster strikes. Here are 10 scary but true facts you need to know about data loss.

  • More than 200,000 hard drives crash every week in the US. With a failure rate of 100%, all drives will eventually fail. *2
  • The yearly virus damage to US businesses is more than 50 billion dollars! *2
  • 1 out of 5 small to medium sized businesses suffer a major disaster causing loss of critical data every 5 years. *6
  • 47% of enterprises and 37% of SMBs have lost data in the cloud requiring them to restore information from backups *3
  • Businesses that are highly dependent on electronic data are not able to resume services if data is not available for more than 10 days. *2
  • 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster *4
  • Nearly 70% of businesses have experienced (or will experience) data loss. Primary causes for data loss include: *1 *7
    • 78% Hardware or system malfunction
    • 11% Human error
    • 7% Software corruption or program malfunction
    • 2% Computer viruses
    • 1% Natural disasters
    • 1% Other
  • You have a 30% chance of having a corrupted file within a one-year time frame. *1
  • Only 34% of companies who regularly run backups test them. Of those, 77% have found failures. *1
  • Less than 30% of conventional storage drives are stored off site. *2

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Story Sources:
*1 “11 Scary but True Facts About Data Loss” – Scott Ledyard
*2 “11 Surprising facts about Data Loss!” – Mark Hayes
*3 “Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud” – Symantec 2013
*4 Boston Computing Network’s Data Loss Statistics
*5 “Facts about Data Loss” – CloudBackup
*6 Richmond House Group
*7 Carbonite Backup Service