Why Protecting Your Business Data is Vital
In many cases, your business is only as strong as the security measures that are put in place. Securing your physical location with security cameras and alarm systems is one way to ensure that issues are less likely to occur. Beyond the fact that your physical location needs to be secured, the data that is used in the company must be secured as well.
What are some of the reasons why data security is an issue for many companies and what can you do to fix the problem?
In most businesses, the data that is being used is not only on their physical servers, it is also being transferred to remote servers. There is a possibility that somebody will intercept the information while it is in transit to those remote servers. Additionally, concern over security issues in cloud servers has caused many businesses to tighten up their data security as well. Doing so is possible when you encrypt the data before it is transferred. Even if you are keeping the data on your own servers, encrypting it can help to protect it. If somebody should happen to access the information, it will be useless to him or her if it is encrypted.
There are different ways to go about choosing an encryption solution to secure business data. Evaluating the pros and cons and conducting research about the encryption software solution before you make your purchase is important. Some questions to ask the sales associate include:
- Does the solution solve my security threats?
- What user training and technical training are included with the purchase?
- Is the product compatible with my current infrastructure?
- What type of operating systems does it support?
- If a key is lost or stolen are you allowed to recover encrypted data?
- Does the product encrypt PDAs, USBs, Backups, etc.?
- If the product fails, how does it fail?
- No security system will be perfect, so having a plan of action for when it does fail is important.
- What layers of data does the software encrypt?
Another issue that is often overlooked is the fact that employees are not typically security conscious. In fact, studies have shown that the majority of employees feel that it is the company’s responsibility to ensure the security of the data (Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6035-why-employees-ignore-mobile-data-security.html). This problem can be addressed in a number of different ways. Along with encrypting the data, as we already discussed, it is also possible to secure the data through various software options (Source). These can include antivirus software, anti-spyware and having a firewall established. Another great way to strengthen data security is by educating employees on the importance of data security and what they can be held accountable if they fail to comply with the rules your company sets.
As the business environment continues to become more and more connected, security issues are going to present themselves. By taking a proactive approach to business security, it is far less likely that your data will be compromised by outside threats such as hackers.