Five ways to protect your digital data

Since the beginning of time there have been thieves praying on the unfortunate souls who have something that they want. As with any type of criminal they evolve and adapt to the age they live in, and thus, today we have data thieves stealing from the digital framework in which the 21st century has given us.

Instead of pick pocketing money off someone on the street, data thieves are on the lookout for information, whether it be bank details, financial records or intellectual property which they can use to steal from bank accounts or sell to other third party criminals. By following these simple yet vital steps you can reduce the risk of your business falling foul to these crooks.

Backing up data in the cloud

The importance of backing data up cannot be stressed enough as it’s easy for files to go missing. Instead of backing up physically you should do it in the cloud, where data is stored far more safely.

Email archiving

You should archive email in order for important messages, ones that often contain confidential content, to be stored safely. One archive solution is to use cloud storage. This will not only aid regulatory compliance but it’s a far more secure way of archiving, protecting against malware, spam and phishing to name but a few risks. For more information on email archiving and to find out how to implement a tailored solution for your business, visit Mimecast’s email archiving solutions at their website www.mimecast.com

Computer security systems

Hackers will continue to become more and more technologically sophisticated and so it’s incredibly important that the data on your computers is secure. Security systems constantly update to stave off the threat of hackers and stop them in their tracks. Remember, you’ve got to make it as hard for them as you possibly can.

Encryption

Hard drives and USB drives are obvious targets for data thieves but by encrypting them you can ensure that the data that’s on them is inaccessible if they fall into the wrong hands.

Mobile phones

The advancement of portable devices such as iPhones, iPads and BlackBerrys means that more of your staff will be working away from the office and on the move. This obviously boosts productivity but it also creates certain data protection problems when you consider the locations in which work will be carried out.

Open networks such as public Wi-Fi spots are particularly dangerous and so devices must be as secure as possible.