|[November 27, 2012]
Kroll Ontrack Announces Ninth Annual Top Ten List of Data Disasters
MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--
Ontrack, the leading provider of data
management today revealed its list of the top 10 data disasters for
2012. This year's list, all of which were successful data recoveries,
represents that the increasing reliance on electronic data and
reliability of technology is often met by human error.
2012 Top Ten List of Data Disasters Compiled by Kroll Ontrack
10. Rinse cycle (Kroll Ontrack France)
A woman placed her
external hard drive in a dirty laundry basket and carried it downstairs.
The family cat strategically placed itself on the laundry, which
obscured the view of the drive from the woman's boyfriend, who shooed
away the cat and quickly threw the clothes in the washing machine. On
went the machine and away went the data.
9. Don't drink and work! (Kroll Ontrack Poland)
designer about to finish a beautiful 3D logo job for a customer decided
to have a drink to celebrate. When he returned from the kitchen to
admire his work, he accidentally flipped over the glass - giving his
computer a chance to take a sip. The project was gone, and so was the
8. Lost in the desert (Kroll Ontrack Australia)
working in one of the most challenging and remote environments of the
world and being confronted with a serious data loss. This is what
happened to a resources company in the Gobi Desert. They accidentally
deleted a VMware® machine and several snapshots. Luckily, IT got in
touch with Kroll Ontrack, and via a satellite link, a remote data
recovery session was quickly established. The link enabled Kroll Ontrack
engineers to work around-the-clock, and data was recovered in a much
shorter time than originally anticipated.
7. Erase all traces (Kroll Ontrack Astralia)
Australian pool and spa shop was being robbed, the burglars decided to
hide all the evidence by pouring the large stock of hydrochloric acid on
the shop floor and counters, consequently damaging the shop's computer
and point of sale terminal. The shop owner was able to get a very smelly
drive to the local Kroll Ontrack lab, and although the computer was very
badly damaged, all the data was recovered from the affected computer.
6. Slippery hands (Kroll Ontrack U.K.)
An iPad®, containing
important drilling data, was dropped off the side of a Nigerian oil rig.
While water is the number one most common cause of damage to mobile
devices, this incident, involving salt water, proved to be no problem
for Kroll Ontrack.
5. Lost in transit (Kroll Ontrack U.S.)
professional set his backpack, containing his iPad, down to give his
shoulder a break while waiting for the city bus. The bus pulled up, but
before letting on the passengers, the driver realized the bus was
situated in the crosswalk. The business professional didn't pick up his
backpack in time, and the bus crushed the pack's contents, including the
iPad. Despite the vast physical damage to the electronics, the data was
4. Disgruntled employee (Kroll Ontrack U.S.)
employee was fired, he took solace at a fast-food chain and plotted his
revenge. Revenge included logging on to the network he still had access
to and deleting as much data as he could get his hands on using the
restaurant's free Wi-Fi. The story had a happy ending, as TBs of data
were recovered and the culprit was identified by matching his food
purchase order and payment information to the time of the crime and
network used to delete the data.
Careful driver (Kroll Ontrack Poland)
A man pulled into a
shopping center parking lot and parked his car. When he opened his door,
he noticed that he had badly parked in two spots. He climbed back in and
slammed the door, not noticing that he had dropped his camera on the
road. As he re-corrected his parking several times, he felt something
beneath the wheel, which turned out to be his camera. Kroll Ontrack was
able to recover the photos.
Sweeping illness (Kroll Ontrack U.S.)
Viruses can be silent
and deadly, so when a malware attack infected 30,000 workstations at a
Middle Eastern oil company, swift efforts were required to cease the
damage and restore business continuity. Kroll Ontrack not only
identified the virus as the damage culprit, but recovered data from
several critical servers and workstations.
Don't ignore blinking RED lights (Kroll Ontrack Spain)
RAID5 came into the Kroll Ontrack Madrid office after several people
noticed a red blinking light on the RAID and alerted their IT manager.
The IT manager said the light didn't mean anything and in a matter of
three weeks, the RAID stopped working. Kroll Ontrack restored 100
percent of the data.
"Despite best efforts to prevent disasters, data loss still happens due
to hardware failure, software corruption, computer viruses, natural
disasters and of course human error," said Todd Johnson (News - Alert), vice president
of operations, Kroll Ontrack. "Kroll Ontrack is committed to R&D and has
more than 200 engineers working on technology and techniques that
anticipate and address our clients' needs."
For more information about the 2012 Top 10 Data Disasters visit: www.krollontrack.com/data-disasters.
About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack provides
technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and
government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, backup,
search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and
cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software,
Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data backup, data destruction,
electronic discovery and document review. Kroll Ontrack is a subsidiary
an industry-leading provider of information solutions. For more
information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com.
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