Business data is one of the most valuable assets of a contemporary company. According to the IDC estimate, the amount of data generated online has increased 7 times in the last 5 years. Due to such a dynamic rise, IT solutions responsible for storing, processing and sharing business data have become commonplace in the business circles. Taking into account the operational complexity of software, every mistake can distort business information or, in the worst case scenario, cause data loss.
Equipment failure, power outage, data carrier failure, software error – these are the most common factors named in the context of the data loss. However, the major reason for the data loss is different. The research conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International found out that in case of 73% of companies participating in the study there was an incident of internal data security breach. Moreover, employees turned out to be the major source of confidential data loss (42%). 19% of respondents admitted that they lost a mobile device with the business data in the course of a year. It is worth to recall the book “The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security” by Kevin Mitnick in here. The author gave a number of examples when a human error contributed to the danger of data loss and significant financial expenditures. Lack of awareness in terms of security measures among employees, phishing or industrial espionage can contribute to substantial damages.
“So how to prevent your company from the data loss in the light of aforementioned factors? Protection measures should be selected proportionally to the value of protected data. Secure IT system is an absolute must-have, however either excessive thriftiness or extortionate investments are not recommended. Moreover, one-off activities will not do the job, since they only result in temporary security. The amount of data is on the rise, the technology of storing and processing data keeps evolving, what makes it necessary for companies to continually upgrade their solutions, invest in the staff training as well as adjust data protection measures to the changeable business environment. Regular audits prove useful, since they allow companies to verify the current level of security” – Jacek Podsiadły, ICT Director at Infinite IT Solutions explains.
The contact point between the company network and the Internet network is a strategic location demanding extra protection. A basic firewall is adequate for SMEs, while large-scale companies require additional features such as anti-virus scanning or transmission control. Information security standards such as ISO/IEC 27001:2013 are recommended to all organisations which demand constant, top-tier data protection. Currently almost all data security providers offer the application firewall which monitors traffic on the application layer and bans suspicious users or notifies admins, may some inconsistencies arise. Cloud solutions are also gaining in popularity.
Such basic matters as keeping your operating system or anti-virus solutions up-to-date should not be underestimated. Many options are available free of charge. Updated software can offer much more than a sophisticated data protection system which covers an obsolete version of the operating system.
In order not to experiment with such a sensitive matter as the data protection, it is worth to turn to companies specializing in the data protection measures. This will allow you to select the optimum solutions which offer top data security at a reasonable cost.