Applications and operating systems are easily reinstalled. However, your data is quite a bit more unique. This means that it is the most critical thing that you have on your network or computer. You need to be vigilant about protecting that data from unauthorized access and especially from loss. There are many ways that you can do this and today we are going to take a quick peek at a few of those ways.
SecureUSB is a company that makes one of the most innovative flash drives on the market. Now, let’s talk about flash drives for a minute. These little gadgets make it easy to have access to your data right at your fingertips whether you are at your office or anywhere else. You don’t need to be connected to the internet to access it either like you do with data stored on the cloud.
These flash drives, being small and portable as they are, pose their own risks of data safety. If you lose one or one gets stolen, anyone can have access to the data that is stored on it. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
SecureUSB makes a flash drive that features flash key encryption as well as it being secured by a PIN that you have to enter on the physical keypad located on the outside of the flash drive. This ensures that no matter what you have on the flash drive, it will remain secure even if it gets lost or stolen.
Maybe your business is one that uses point of sale systems. These are most commonly seen in restaurant and retail settings. These systems do more than just accept payments. They also provide accounting, inventory management, sales tracking and even customer loyalty information. Because of this, they also pose a massive risk to the security of merchant data and customer information alike. For this reason, it is critical to have security measures in place. Think about things like:
- Deploying security software and keeping it constantly updated.
- Limiting access to the POS physical device.
- Deploy the latest version of the OS complete with any and all update patches.
- Do not allow remote access.
- Use hardware that is based on encryption that is point to point.
MIT has issued some tips on how to keep your data protected. They stress that the security of data is something that is fundamental. They also urge you to plan ahead and always know the data that you have as well as knowing the levels of protection that are necessary to retain the data confidentially and safely. Another suggestion is that you scale your data down and only keep the data that you currently need while destroying or archiving data that is no longer necessary.
Finally, it is critical that you have physical security for your data. If your computer is stolen, you will not need to worry about passwords anymore. Make sure that your data is always backed up to a secure location in case there is a theft or loss.
In the Cloud
Cloud hosting is touted as the latest and greatest thing, and it truly is a good thing to have and use. It gives you access to your files and data regardless of where you are… as long as you are connected to the internet. However, there have been quite a few events lately that have highlighted a few of the dangers or weaknesses of the cloud.
Some people say that the solution to this is to not upload anything that should be kept secure to the cloud in the first place. This kind of defeats the purpose, though, doesn’t it? One thing that you can do is to make sure that all of your data that is uploaded o the cloud is encrypted. Another option – and one that is a good thing to do even before posting anything on Facebook – is to evaluate any and all data before you even consider posting it anywhere online.
Data is something that needs to be protected at all costs. Data breaches can mean the literal end of your business. Do what you can to protect your data and never let your guard down.