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What Should You Do When Disaster Hits Your Business?

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Many modern companies would be finished if they suffered a significant data breach and had to pay total costs immediately, which is why waiting for the worst to happen is simply not an option.

Just as the battle is won before it is fought, so the key to surviving a business disaster is forged in due diligence and protection measures put in place long before the falling of a potentially fatal event.

Comprehensive data security solutions form the bedrock of this prevention and play a key role in keeping firms financially fit.

Establish key vulnerabilities

Knowing what you have and need to protect is the starting point of effective data protection. This should involve taking a full snapshot from your databases, drawing on customer information from storage sites. Identify where sensitive data resides and who can access the files.

Of particular concern will be connection points across data networks where security may be at its weakest. Data security can be improved by analysing core valuable information and then attributing the maximum level of control and protection to areas concerned.

A minimal level of protection should be established for mission-critical data, which should then be carried over into further layers of data that are similarly crucial. This should be the start of a renewed culture that gives data protection more respect.

Limit and check data online and offline

Chances are your company has a high number of devices being used by individual personnel, each of which connect to the organisation’s network, and this number only increases the more the organisation grows and scales.

Each device is a potential gateway for potentially malicious entities to access your data, so each needs to be supervised and secured. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies need to be formulated or strengthened to accommodate this ever-growing threat, enabling connections to stay fluid in the safest possible manner.

Furthermore, any devices that can connect to the network but which do not need to should be turned off.

Bolster encryption

Every piece of lost data, such as a credit card number or medical record, has a financial impact. Proper data encryption reduces the chances of theft and the likelihood of data being used successfully if it is stolen. These preventive measures combine to save money in the long term.

In commerce, a clearly visible credit card number could be acting as an attraction to would-be thieves. If the number cannot be accessed at all, ID protection for all customers goes up.

Encryption slows down information verification processes, but it more than makes up for it when it comes to limiting the damage done by any potential breaches of security. Bosses should work with vendors to identify incompatibilities between existing IT infrastructures and potential data recovery solutions to ensure encryption measures can be leveraged to full effect.

After data has been encrypted, review and check procedures should be put in place to make sure no gaps exist. However, gaps tend to appear when other systems are brought into play, so put heaviest monitoring on application hand-off points, then implement checks on how your system interacts with an application supplied by a vendor that uses any of the encrypted data.

Regular data backup

Encryption and protection strategies can be first class, but automated backups should spearhead a strong data backup plan to give maximum system support.

Backups can be executed on site, through the cloud or administered through your network to a satellite location. Following each option to its fullest extent will give you the best chance of protecting mission-critical data.

Remember that data needs to be backed up in a useable and useful name; instead of being a simple replication of your database, snapshots should be robust. While physical media are still used for backup, organisations are increasingly seeing cloud storage as the smartest option.

When used through a partner that also provides IT support and consulting, a hosted cloud environment affords added specialist supervision for your data and your company’s general security health. Migrating to the cloud opens up further options with a range of specific requirements while putting the responsibility on the cloud vendor’s shoulders to implement all necessary patches and updates.

Such a solution can go a long way towards giving your business a thorough level of data protection that continually optimises.

Protection from the start

For employees and customers to feel safe around your business, even in extreme circumstances, a strong disaster plan isn’t just an option, it’s a fundamental obligation.

Too often guilty of inaction, executives need to ensure minimum exposure so that applications and data remain available through planned and unplanned outages.

With sound preparation and a solid disaster recovery solution in place, organisations can grow with well-placed confidence and peace of mind.

 

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