Posted on January 27th, 2013, 23:43
Data is an important
corporate asset that needs to be safeguarded. With business managing terabyte
of data, involving multiple entities, stakeholders, technologies and media
globally, organizations are under pressure to maintain business dexterity and
protect this business critical data. Loss of information can lead to direct
financial losses. Data breaches show that data theft is primary goal of hackers
and even malicious insiders. Besides increasingly strict privacy
laws makes data protection more critical and is
becoming a central component of any organizationís operational process.
Organizations need to
primarily to evaluate all its data to determine levels of importance and create
an effective data protection plan. By doing this they can place the most
stringent measures on very critical information.
It is always essential that
critical data is backed up on a regular basis to guard against the potential
data loss. There are a number of approaches to data backup. Many reputable
companies offer these services by means of a network Internet connection and
stored at a data facility offsite.
It is possible to limit the
possibility for infiltration, by keeping the number of authorized users to a
minimum. Data can be protected with effective identity access management .
Regardless of whether the
data is stored on a database or backup, encryption of data is essential to any
data protection plan. Efficient backup services ensure that the
data is adequately encrypted before it is transferred over the backup network
and again at the site of storage.
When it comes to authorized
access to company data, pass phrases are becoming the favored security measure.
These phrases are combinations of words that are easier for the user to
remember, than random combinations of letters and numbers, yet much more
difficult to infiltrate.
To protect against any
threats, good data protection plan should have an anti-virus component in place. Viruses are
irritants and can disrupt normal business operations. They are a threat to
information security, and have the capacity of destroying data.
security can become useless if the point of data entry or storage is vulnerable
to hardware issues due to improper environmental conditions. Ensure that your
computer equipment is kept dry and cool. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
will protect computers from damage in case of an electrical surge, thus
protecting against data loss.