Over the course of the last decade, data has increasingly been seen as the most valuable resource on earth. It was heralded as the ‘new oil’ back in 2010, and a decade later, it’s this information, stored in digital units, that’s helping us fight the coronavirus, work from home for our businesses, and talk to people across the realms of space and time.
But when it comes to business data – sensitive and important to protect – you want to be sure that it’s safe and secure at all times. This article gives you some pointers to help you protect your valuable data.
There can never be too many layers of password security when it comes to business data. You never want a layman or a visitor to be able to stroll into your firm, or to access your website and files remotely, and to be able to skim through your data without being challenged to present a password at any time.
This scenario is still, in 2020, somewhat common. You never know who might be trying to access your data – and for what reasons – so it’s paramount that you protect it with passwords where possible.
There are two benefits to using the cloud for your vital business data. The first is obvious: you’re able to store it in a remote place, accessible anywhere with the right password. This means that even if your office burns to the ground, destroying all of your hardware and memory in the process, you’ll still have access to every single one of your vital files.
But the other benefit, with security in mind, is that cloud backup solutions come with their own advanced cybersecurity protections – helping keep your vital files safe while stored in the cloud.
It’s true that not everyone in your business needs permission to view certain files. For instance, it’s useful for the CEO and other executives to be able to make use of the macro view of the company, looking in on the shared files and vital data produced by different teams in their firm.
But, more often than not, you don’t actually have to share certain files very far – and many of your staff simply don’t need access to them to perform their job. Keep permissions settings on most of your files, and ensure that only those who need to access your vital data to do their job can do so.
Data Security Officer
Finally, in the modern era, it’s clear that cybersecurity is an increasing risk. Not only have cybercriminals become more adept at stealing data and invading the internal computing systems of companies across the world, but it’s become more damaging to be hacked: there are now regulations and fines in place to punish companies hacked in this way.
In order to protect your data, and by extension, your business, it’s therefore imperative that you hire a data security and protection expert – someone to whom you can delegate your security tasks throughout the year.
These four tips will all help protect your vital business data, securing your files and your business from cyberattacks and damaging data losses.