Data Recovery 2014

Whether it’s corrupt data on a USB stick, hard drive failure or cloud technology, one thing is for sure – 2014 was the year of data recovery. We look at some of the reasons why data recovery was a huge factor in technology over the past year with contributions by UK computer expert Adrian Jean who provides data recovery services in Bristol as well as the surrounding areas.

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Cyber Security Breaches
Headlines throughout the year highlight a massive rise in cyber attacks, in particular with the gaming networks (both Microsoft and Sony). The need for the recovery of data because of the effects of cyber attacks doubled in most cases. In the US in-particular healthcare, education and even government services had to invest in some serious Ontrack Remote Data Recovery.

Along with the need for the recovery of this data, it was also essential for data recovery companies to provide a report as to where the data is stored and where it is being transported to. Because of the data protection act, many large scale institutions had to carry out this by law.

Cloud Technology
Although the rise in cloud technology over the last 5 years has had a positive impact on moving data from device to device and also cloning data to allow better backups it also comes with a lot of negative aspects. Since cloud technology is still considered in the early days many hackers are able to find vulnerabilities in the technology and therefore data theft has become a problem. As previously stated with the increase of cyber security breaches comes the need for data recovery specialists to not only retrieve the data but also provide a report of where the data has gone and to eliminate it from foreign devices.

The other issue with cloud technology is that not only can it be targeted by hackers but it is also on several devices, whilst this can be seen as a positive method of backing up data should all the devices sync together the corrupt data then these multiple back ups become useless. Should corrupt data be synced across devices then it may be difficult for the technician recovering the data to understand which device the data originated from.

Data Recovery for Mobile Technology
Over 10 years ago mobile devices were very limited in what they could do and would be often seen as an addition to a computer for storing photos, music and video. Fast forward to now and mobile and tablets have in-fact replaced traditional desktop computers in a number of ways when it comes to data. As the term mobile suggests these devices are carried around which can lead to accidents, since the hard drives in these devices can be damaged the need for data recovery increases and with the following year seeing the peak of mobile devices it can be said that 2014 really was the year where data recovery was needed more than ever.