Today, we live in a day where data is one of the most sought-after assets and that is why social media platforms, email providers, dating apps and others suffer data breaches. In such a case, names, social security numbers, phone numbers, credit card information and even birth dates are exposed. This tells you that no computer, server or smart device is safe from data hacks. So, is there a way people and businesses can secure their data and prevent loss?
The following are 5 ways to secure your data back-ups:
Create a data security plan
A vast majority of businesses lack a data security plan that guides employees on how to secure their computers. As a result, if a data hack occurred, it would be difficult for the employees to take measures to prevent the unauthorized access of data from progressing.
As a business, creating a data security plan ensures that measures are put in place to secure company computers and servers. For instance, your data security plan can instruct employees to change their passwords on a daily or weekly basis. On the other hand, employees can be instructed not to share passwords even with work colleagues.
Limit data access
As an individual, have you ever taken the time to think if a friend who borrowed your laptop or tablet stole some of your sensitive data? As a manager running a company, do you know who has access to your organization’s sensitive data? If employees can access any data they want from their workstation, then you need to limit data access.
It is important for a business to invest in ERP systems as it allows employees to access data they are required to. For example, the marketing department cannot access HR records and the HR department cannot access accounting department records without proper authorization. By limiting data access, companies can manage their data efficiently.
Back up data on a regular basis
In line with your data security plan, it is important to come up with a backup plan. By backing up your data on a regular basis, it helps to ensure that in case of data loss or data hack, you will have access to your data.
As an individual, you can invest in external hard drives preferably 2 TB and above. This will come in handy, as you will get to back up your data at the end of each day. Businesses should invest in modern servers (backup systems) and the cloud.
Have off-site back-ups
While investing in servers at your office building is a great idea as you can back up data at the end of the day, having an off-site back-up will make sure that in case the primary back-ups are corrupt, you still have the back-ups at the offsite location.
There are different types of backup systems that should ensure your data is secure. They include network attached storage, tapes, external drives and the cloud.
Secure your network
A vast majority of data hacks occur through unsecured networks. As you already know, the internet is a global interconnection of computers which means that if a hacker finds a computer in your organization that is vulnerable to attacks, he or she will initiate one. As a result, the hacker will have access to your system and that is how he or she steals your data. To secure your network, invest in tunneling protocols (VPN), stronger passwords, data encryption and the cloud.