Employees are the force that fuels innovation at great organizations, and today’s successful businesses have learned how to leverage the power of collaboration to help their workforce achieve it. But many of the tools that make innovation possible – information sharing tools, cloud services, and the myriad of apps and services that individuals use on a daily basis – can cause security vulnerability gaps that could lead to data loss. One of the most common, yet overlooked, sources of data loss is accidental deletion.
When an employee deletes data from their Mailbox, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online but didn’t mean to, or if they change their mind later, it is called “accidental deletion”. This is not the same as malicious deletion, which we covered in an earlier post in this series. Despite awareness of the problem, this and other human errors are present across all types of businesses and up and down the power chain at every company. In other words, human error is still an unsolved issue for security teams everywhere.
Luckily, there are third-party solutions available to you that will help users recover their deleted files. Without solutions like this in place, accidentally-deleted files could be lost forever. Even if your team is able to restore the files, it could take hours. In the meantime, employees would need to sit with their hands tied, unable to access their business-critical files. However, with backup and restore services, you can quickly restore backup data should any of your users experience an accidental deletion.
Let’s take a closer look at how accidental deletion occurs and how your organization can confront it.