5 Tips for Protecting Your Data Assets More Effectively

June 26, 2015
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The issue of data protection has long been an important one for enterprises of all sizes and in virtually every industry but its significance only seems to increase with every passing day. Indeed, there barely seems to be a week that goes by without one company or another having to make humble apologies for losing customer data or having their systems compromised and the consequences can be stark.

The issue of data protection has long been an important one for enterprises of all sizes and in virtually every industry but its significance only seems to increase with every passing day. Indeed, there barely seems to be a week that goes by without one company or another having to make humble apologies for losing customer data or having their systems compromised and the consequences can be stark.

Regardless of what you’re company has to protect, it is becoming increasingly vital that effective means of securing them are effectively established. So here’s a look at how to get it right.

1 – Prioritise the issue

It is crucial for key figures within a given organisation to not just discuss issues around data security but also to take proactive steps to improve relevant policies and practices that are in place. Whether it is in the context of an IT department or at executive levels, the issue needs to be prioritised at every turn and should not routinely be addressed from the perspective of responding affect the fact.  

2 – Understand what your data assets are

If your organisation only realises what its key data assets are when it’s too late then you will have a real problem to contend with. It is clearly much more preferable to identify precisely what data assets your company has and to protect them as robustly and determinedly as possible. The first port of call of course should be any information that could be deemed sensitive or which might conceivable be of use to cyber criminals of any kind.

3 – Learn about what you’re up against

You may never be able to think precisely as a cyber criminal might but there is always scope for a company to think laterally and gain a sense of how hackers might look to steal or compromise your data. This isn’t perhaps ever likely to be 100 per cent effective because criminals will always look for the element of surprise but the more avenues to your data that you can successful shut off the better protected your business will be.

4 – Communicate issues with employees

Negligent behaviour on the part of company employees is a major cause of data breaches at enterprises on any scale. It is very easy for mistakes to be made and for information to be rendered vulnerable as a result so it is important for key issues in this context to be highlighted on a regular basis. The key is to encourage members of a given workforce to adopt habits that make data breaches less rather than more likely and awareness is inevitably a key part of that equation. 

5 – Be ready to react

Actions taken after data has been compromised in any way can have a significant bearing on how matters unfold and how much damage is done as a result. Companies and particularly their IT experts need to be ready at all times to react to and deal with such issues as they arise. There is no way to guarantee that all data breaches can be protected against but a robust contingency plan can go a long way towards ensuring the ramifications are minimised.