Have you ever thought about what would happen if your business’s data was compromised in some way? If you want to be sure of a quick recovery in the event of a security breach, follow these seven easy steps to better data protection:
1) Keep on-site data in a secure location. It doesn’t matter how well you back up your data; if someone can steal the computer in which your information is stored, then your business’s security is still compromised.
2) Restrict access to data. All of your employees do not need access to your data. Check the users and permissions restrictions on your network, or have someone help you set these up if it’s unfamiliar territory for you. Passwords should only be given to those who truly need access to your data, and those people should be trustworthy.
3) Back up your data regularly. There are many different systems you can use to accomplish this goal. The bottom line is that you can’t keep your data in one location only, and you have to back it up at least daily. Some businesses will need much faster, real-time backup.
4) Keep backup copies of your data in an off-site location. You never know when your office could be affected by a disaster such as a fire or flood.
5) Keep any essential business documents in a fireproof, waterproof container, and store them off-site.
6) Protect yourself against power outages. Keep your computers and backup systems running even during a power outage with Uninterrupted Power Sources (UPS) for all of your machines.
7) Consult with a data protection expert. There are no cut-and-dry rules that work for every business. Your business is unique, and an expert in the field of data protection can consult with you and help you figure out the best solutions for your situation. Remember, investing a little time and effort developing a protective system now will pay off with much faster recovery of your data when you most need it.