Data Protecting for Enterprises

Data is essential to any business. It allows it to operate efficiently and profitably. However, businesses must take into consideration the need to have access to and plentiful data with the requirement to keep customer data safe and secure. The latter aspect is driven by new and evolving privacy laws, such as the GDPR in Europe and California’s CCPA as well as traditional laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Securities and Exchange Commission rules for protecting the financial information of shareholders as well as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard for the protection of consumer data.

To ensure data protection, the first step is to catalog every single piece of data you have and then secure it. This involves identifying, classifying and determining the access levels of data according to its sensitiveness. It is vital to put in place policies to safeguard data regardless of whether it’s in transit or at rest. Using a software solution to detect and monitor file activities and identify anomalous patterns will help you spot suspicious activity, and swiftly identify and reduce vulnerabilities such as outdated or misconfigured software.

Then, a comprehensive plan for recovery and backup that includes physical storage media is vital. Not to be left out it is vital to ensure that you have a solid system of security, from background checks for prospective hires and regular training for current employees, to terminating employees who no longer need access to vital systems. It’s also important to create an emergency plan for recovery in the event of an natural disaster or man-made one.

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