What your business needs to know about data security
Practically all businesses these days rely on the digital sphere to operate. Developments in technology have made businesses leaner, faster, and more sophisticated than ever before. However, if you’re business operates digitally (even just in some aspects) then you should never underestimate the importance of good data security habits.
What is data security?
Data security encompasses all manner of ways in which you could, and should, shield your data from criminal activities. Methods of achieving complete control over your data may include backups, encryption, authentication, and access controls – to name a few.
Why should you care about data security?
As internet usage has grown, so has the number of threats in the digital arena. From coordinated cyber attacks to phishing to ransomware and viruses – there are now a plethora of ways that malicious activities can disrupt your business.
While the loss of data can disrupt your day-to-day activities, it can also be a PR disaster. The protection of customer or client data is underlined by GDPR guidelines. A failure to adhere can seriously undermine relations, and leave you with uncomfortable questions to answer, or even litigation and fines.
It is therefore vital that as we approach the New Year, business leaders ask themselves if they can recover quickly from an attack and maintain the integrity of their business – should they fall victim to an incident.
What can you do?
Protecting corporate data from loss, theft, and manipulation should never be undertaken with a one-size-fits-all approach. Every business is unique and a good IT company should be able to assess your operations and identify weaknesses unique to your models.
In general, though, data security is based on three core measures of confidentiality, data integrity, and access. Confidentiality covers how you can keep your data locked off from unauthorised users. This may be through the use of tools like 2-factor-authentication, strict user profiles, and high-level encryption.
Data integrity looks at ways to keep your data accurate and up-to-date. This means real-time access so that you can work with information whenever you need it. But it also covers the need for proper storage policies including only retaining vital data. Less data means fewer opportunities for breaches, after all.
Finally, access ensures that data is available to you, even if the original copies are compromised such as in a fire, flood, or because your systems have been breached and original files compromised. This can be achieved through data backups which are remotely held copies of the files on your computer or another key device and act as a safety net should the worst happen.
If you want to protect your business against the threats mentioned and learn more about the latest cybersecurity advancements, then please call us today on 01268 575300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECL recognises that every client is different, and every client has a different IT support requirement. Whatever the size of your business, we can offer a support scenario to suit your needs.
Whether your business already uses Cloud services or you’re considering the Cloud as a possible way forward, talk to us first. We can provide anything from fully hosted IT infrastructures on our own ECL Private Cloud, to simple on-line backups. We can also give expert advice on Office 365 and other Cloud platforms.
How would losing access to your IT systems and data for days, or even weeks, affect your business? For many if not most companies this would be a nightmare scenario, with potentially very serious consequences.