What Causes Data Loss?

In order to understand shortcuts to losing your data, the first thing we need to do is understand the most common reasons that data is lost.

The primary causes of data loss are:

  • Human failure
  • Human error
  • Software corruption
  • Theft
  • Computer viruses
  • Hardware destruction

The results of the two best studies regarding data loss in the real world are depicted as follows:

Root Cause and the Incident %

Hardware failure – 40%

Human error – 29%

Software corruption  – 13%

Theft – 9%

Computer viruses – 6%

Hardware destruction  -3%


Root Cause vs Customer Perception vs Actual Incident %

Hardware or system problem – Customer Perception is 78%, Actual Incident percentage is 56%

Human error – Customer Perception is 11%, Actual Incident percentage is 26%

Software corruption- Customer Perception is 7%, Actual Incident percentage is 9%

Computer viruses – Customer Perception is 2%, Actual Incident percentage is 4%

Natural disasters –  Customer Perception is 1%, Actual Incident percentage is 2%


Each of these together forms the foundation for our advice on the most effective path for you to lose

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Non-Merged It Audit


NPV Corporation visited a client on January 24, 2007 to review the organization’s current business use, needs and management of technology. This report provides the findings; immediate, short-term and long-term recommendations; and a rating of the organization based on industry standards and best practices. This was a single site IT assessment. The site was evaluated to better understand the organizations current IT readiness and to assess the organization’s current IT strategy.

We outlined the network infrastructure, including both the local area network and the wide area network of the organization. Throughout the process we analyzed the current infrastructure.


Throughout this assessment, we examined the following areas:

  • System Inventory for current server setup
  • Hardware / Software
  • Network / Connectivity Audit
  • Sample Desktop Systems Audit


This client offers the most comprehensive cost-effective insurance coverage. The company has about 15 computer users, and shares an office with another insurance agency. The two agencies share the T1 costs, by splitting the 15 voice lines between both organizations, and sharing the data across both offices.

As a result of individual interviews, and site visit, we uncovered several things about the network that have been very well done. In general, we found that the client has made tremendous progress in overall network architecture, to improve intra-office connectivity.

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