The Real Risks of a Government Hard Drive Crash
What would happen if the hard drive on a government operated computer were to crash? If the information stored on a government hard drive becomes inaccessible, what would it mean to that office, and more importantly, the people? Would it lead to hard drive data recovery? These are questions many people probably have never thought about.
Since computers are used for a variety of tasks within a government, the effects of a hard drive crash are also various. At the local level, government computers are used for day-to-day activities such as payroll, record keeping, law enforcement, accounting, communication, and word processing. A crash of the hard drives in these computers may cause confusion and delay in processing information, but will not lead to a crash of the government.
The federal government also uses computers for similar tasks and a lot more. Since the federal government is charged with handling many complex issues, it relies heavily on computers to keep information organized and secure. Everything from taxpayer information to complex defense systems is accessed by computers.
So what would it mean if any of these hard drives were to crash? What risks to public safety and security would exist? The answer depends on what information the crashed hard drive contained. There is a potential for widespread and serious implications. On the other hand, is the threat of government hard drive crashes really a major issue, or has the government taken precautions to prevent this from occurring?
Since all computers are subject to hard drive crashes, it is safe to assume that government offices have taken precautions to prevent catastrophic ramifications that can be associated with hard drive crashes. Frequent backing up of computers’ hard drives helps eliminate the risk of losing important data if the hard drive were to crash. Most IT departments have all computers within the system on a regular back-up schedule. Often, more than one computer holds information, providing another form of back-up in the event of a crash of one computer.
In the event of a hard drive crash on a computer that has not recently been backed up, a data recovery company can often recover much of the lost data. Although data recovery should not be relied on as a primary prevention of catastrophic information loss, it can be used to help recover data that may otherwise be lost. In the event of a hard drive crash, information can be altered and even destroyed, making it impossible to recover. However, data recovery companies often possess knowledge, skills, and programs that allow them to recover more data than is often thought possible.
In the event of a crash, will public safety be put at risk? Will computer failure lead to a government meltdown? The answer is probably not. While a hard drive crash in a government computer may not lead to the third world war, it can cause a host of problems. With proper back-up and the use of a data recovery company, many government offices are able to recover the lost data without causing too great an issue.
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