Why data security must be taken seriously
The systems used by businesses operate with all kinds of sensitive and confidential data. Therefore the systems that handle the data must be secured in the best possible way. When it comes to running a business of any size, all data is important data. Data security is vital for every business, regardless of its size.
Data as an asset, anyone running a business is also in ownership of information regarding the business itself. This includes information about the products or services offered by the company, business plans and financial plans, information about the buyers of the goods or services.
Some of the business data is used for risk mitigation, revenue optimization as well as overall improvement of the business. By the fact that data can generate future benefits or profit, it becomes an asset. Any asset used to improve your business should remain secure and confidential and such is the importance of data.
Here are some simple preventive measures; if you are not confident about your data security talk to eStorm about ensuring you have implemented preventative measures and have a tiered approach to data management.
Data backup – Backing up data on a regular basis should be a routine for all serious businesses. Data backup is the regular copying, reorganizing and storing of digital information. Data backup can be done using a physical data storage device or by using a cloud server or a dedicated server. Data backup is important for businesses because it allows them to access data from an earlier time. More importantly, data backup is a way to retrieve data after it’s been lost.
Data recovery – Is a process of reclaiming data that is no longer easily accessible due to corrupted or damaged storage. The damage could be both on the physical storage device as well as a damage to the file system. In most cases, implementing regular data backups can significantly ease the process of data recovery. A data recovery plan should be a part of the data security strategy of every business.
Virus & spam protection – A virus or a malware program is a malicious software that replicates itself into other programs or files. An undetected virus or malware could easily infect and damage important data. Viruses and malware can also corrupt data, access private information, spread spam and leak confidential details.
Firewalls are network security systems. Firewalls monitor the network traffic and control it based on fixed security rules. A firewall is practically a barrier between an internal network, like the one inside a company, and any external network – the Internet.