Data is essential to any business, regardless of its size. All enterprises keep information such as customer data, sales information and more. Without such data, businesses wouldn’t be able to grow or, indeed, survive!
These days, computers get used by nine out of ten firms. A plethora of digital information gets stored on them. It also gets transmitted to the outside world via the Internet. The trouble is; a lot of people don’t realize their technology could be vulnerable. In other words, hackers might find it easy to steal confidential information.
Losing data because of a hard drive failure, for example, is bad enough. But, imagine losing it to a digital thief! As you can imagine, such a thought is enough to put a shiver down your spine! The good news is that you can check – and secure – your business data. You can follow my handy guide below to find out how:
Encrypt your data
If you’ve not come across the concept of data encryption, let me explain. Let’s say that you’ve got some important and confidential documents on your laptop. If someone stole your laptop, they could bypass the operating system to access the files.
But what happens when your files are all encrypted? The thief won’t be able to decrypt your data. Data encryption is a one-way process. That means there’s no “backdoor” access like you might see in Hollywood movies. They need to know your passwords or login details to gain access to your documents.
Encrypting the content of your hard drive is easy. You can do so using tools built into the operating system. You can also use third-party utilities to encrypt individual files too.
Can you do a “remote wipe” on your computers?
There will be times, of course, where you’ll need to store some data on local systems like PCs and laptops. If they get stolen, what happens to your data? Well, in most cases it sits on the hard drives waiting to get accessed.
It’s worth implementing a “remote wipe” system on your computers. That way, if any gets stolen, they can erase their data when they attempt to go online or get logged in by the thief. Not sure how to set that up? It’s worth asking IT consultants to help you set up such a policy.
Local versus cloud storage
Believe it or not, there is a greater risk of losing your data if you store it on a local system like a server. Sure, you might have backups in case of any disasters that may happen. But, what happens if someone steals your server? In some cases, you would need identical hardware to “restore” your data.
There’s also the fact that many businesses don’t encrypt their data on local servers. Cloud storage is a different story. When you store your files in the cloud, data transfers get encrypted. As does the files themselves. And should a cloud server fail, a clone of that server is ready to take over and resume hosting duties.