In its most basic and simplest form, data security means the protection of your digital assets from unauthorized access and data corruption.
Digital assets can take many forms and are not just limited to the above mentioned. All are important and must be protected at all times.
Basic data protection
Nowadays, computers are an integral part of our daily lives. Virtually everyone has a smartphone and/or some form of a computer (tablet, laptop or desktop) or both at home and, in the case of businesses and institutions, even more so.
Regardless of whether you’re an individual, a company, government body or something else, the information you have on those devices needs to be protected.
The first steps to take in protecting yours data, not to mention the easiest to implement and often times the least expensive, are having:
Antiviruses with internet security protects you against malicious code that can infect your computer resulting in corrupt data or worse, open a backdoor allowing intruders to access your system and its data. The internet security built-into it provides basic security for devices on your network and blocks intrusion attempts.
Backup solutions protect your information against both data corruption and hard drive failures. They allow you to save your data on external medias such as tape cartridges and, by having it on-site, enable you to retrieve that data quickly and easily at any given time.
This being said, it doesn’t stop there. Especially when looking at large network infrastructures with petabytes of data! Data which more often than not, is of a confidential nature, and must be protected from unauthorized access.
Business data protection
Businesses and industries have massive amounts of data they need to keep confidential and protected against unauthorized access. Not to mention that as outline in our article the “The importance of data storage”, that information is growing at an exponential rate which makes protecting it a priority and, at times, a challenge as well.
Depending on the size of the organisation, some businesses have a dedicated team of IT security experts whose sole purpose is to manage the data and insure it is secure.
Why protecting and securing information is important?
Bottom line, in the wrong hands, data can be misused and cause serious harm.
Data breaches are nothing new. They’ve been occurring ever since the first computers where built. This being said, it seems that they’ve been occurring more and more these days. Although most businesses and organizations keep quiet about data breaches they’ve suffered, often times, when you turn on the news, you hear about another breach that occurred somewhere. It’s a problem and it’s a problem that must be mitigated as much as possible.
Perils of data breaches
Data breaches can have far reaching consequences. Just to name a few, they can result in the following:
Infrastructures and security policies:
Unless you have a computer that’s completely isolated, cut off from the outside world and accessible to no one, total data security is a myth!
This being said, by combining both software and hardware platforms, as well as having strong data security policies in place, there are ways to reduce security risks down to an acceptable levels.
Data security is a never ending task. It’s time consuming and in the case of large entities, can be costly but, it’s something that must be done AND, in order to stay ahead of hackers, it must be done on a continual basis
Make sure that all your security tools and hardware devices are up to date and have the latest software/firmware revisions installed on them. In other words, buy the license update support contract. If your security software licenses are not up to date, they are useless and you become vulnerable to cyber-attacks and data breaches.
If you follow those simple rules, the chances of suffering a data breach will be greatly reduced.
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