The Twitter-verse, and much of the Internet, is chattering this week about how an employee deleted the personal Twitter account of United States President Donald Trump. Apparently a contract worker at Twitter, on their last day as a Tweet-Meister, decided to have a bit of fun on the way out the door. Users trying to visit the site got a “sorry, that page doesn’t exist” message for eleven minutes, until the now ubiquitous message service realized the problem and had it restored.
Whether you think the deletion was a public service or an act of vandalism, it points out an important lesson for today’s inter-connected business world. Backups, backups, backups. Twitter was able to restore the account so quickly because it had a backup.
Another important lesson to learn from this incident is to know who has high-level access to your computers, servers, and other data systems. Can anyone with access delete, for example, your customer list? Do you have a secure backup of that data? Is that backup at a secure location?
While you may not have the President of the United States as a customer, losing an account because a rogue employee decides to hit “delete” could be devastating to your business. Careful design and implementation of data systems to support your business is part of what Central Point Networks can do for you. Backups, controlling access by limiting what can be done by any one employee, and securing your systems from both external as well as internal threats are part and parcel of the managed services offered by CPN. Call us today, and don’t let “delete” be your Achilles heel.