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Understanding the Need for Data Security

There are numerous factors that should influence your organization’s choice in which data storage service provider you should choose. With news coverage constantly revealing high-profile data breaches in companies like Sears, Delta Air, FedEx, and Orbitz, the IT industry is starting to advise companies to secure data in-house and to seek out service providers that do the same offsite.

In House Security Measures Are Your First Line of Defense

Before relying on an offsite or cloud-based data storage solution’s data security measures, it’s important to make sure your own house is in order.

Training your employees in cyber security best practices and ensuring you’ve implemented physical security measures are first steps, supported by robust disaster recovery plans to ensure in the event of a data breach or loss, that sufficient contingencies are in place to minimize damage to the firm.

Data usage and data backup standards should be stringent and communicated across all channels, to the point that behaviors protecting your clients’ sensitive data should be second nature amongst your employees. A further step in separating backup streams so that sensitive data is handled separately from non-sensitive data only improves internal security measures.

The most important onsite security measure you can take - the source of many recent data breaches - is to ensure the validity of your SSL certificate. The issue is so prevalent and damaging that in July, Google began to flag HTTP sites as not secure.

Hold Data Storage Service Providers to the Highest Standard

Data storage cyber security strategies employed by service providers should encompass both data security measures and data protection measures.

Data security measures encompass maintaining the integrity of private data as well as protecting against external attacks. Alternatively, data protection measures are focused on providing data access following system or component failure. Only when data storage providers employ strategies on both fronts are they truly able to ensure the security and viability of client data.

The Enterprise Storage Forum outlines a litany of drivers influencing the growth and advancement of data security and data protection measures. With the costs of security breaches in 2017 exceeding $3 million, factors driving security innovation range from regulation increases to the growth of data across device boundaries into edgeless networks, painting a larger and larger target on data. These factors are made worse by vulnerabilities in data storage systems that are quickly being addressed by firms striving to stay ahead of the curve. Aside from the usual access controls, encryption, and redundancies built into data storage systems, service providers are bolstering network security around their storage systems, including firewalls, anti-malware, intrusion detection, and advanced analytics among other measures.

Don’t Let the Inexperienced Beyond Your Walls

Cyber security is a rapidly evolving landscape in which both data owners and those they hire to secure their data need to be actively involved. Whether you want to improve your internal measures or need to ensure your data storage is secure, it’s vital to partner with a service provider that knows how to secure your data on both sides of the walls you’ve built to secure your organization’s information. Contact SANDirect today to see how we can help keep your business’s data safe..

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