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How to Prevent a Data Security Breach

18 August, 2015

How to Prevent a Data Security Breach

Businesses all over the world are increasingly relying on cloud storage or data centres in order to store massive amounts of their business data – and why not? These methods are increasingly cost-effective and they’re getting easier to manage, which boosts productivity. But how do you go about protecting these crucial assets and prevent security breaches?

big fish in a small pond1.   Don’t assume you’re too small to be a target

Many smaller businesses assume that cybercriminals wouldn’t waste their time hacking into a system or breaching their security because their business is just not worth it. They’d be wrong – remember the investment it took to get your data centre up and running. This can run into the thousands of pounds even for small server configurations. Also – think of the downtime that your business might face should a breach occur. Is the potential loss of profit and productivity worth the money you might save on security solutions? Probably not.

Bespoke Security2.   Choose bespoke or dedication solutions

Some businesses think next-generation firewalls will be sufficient to protect their data centres, but this isn’t always the case. For the optimum security standards, the solution must be built into the very fabric of the data centre, and able to handle the high volumes of traffic that data centres operate with today.

 

 

physical security3.   Don’t neglect physical security

When you think of cyber criminals you think of shady characters on the other side of the world, hacking into your systems using a sophisticated computer. But don’t forget to bolster your data centre against physical threats. Adopt a layered approach to security which includes things like fences, CCTV, gates and perimeter security – this will be equally as important as the cyber security solutions you use.

DRP4.   Test your data recovery plan regularly

There’s no point in making all the effort to protect your data if you can’t recover it in the event of a problem. Undergo thorough data recovery testing to prevent issues arising – it may cause some operational downtime and disruption, but it’ll be worth it in the case of a data emergency.

 

 

 

scanning5.   Scan for vulnerabilities

If you’re aware of your vulnerabilities, you’ll have a better chance of being able to plug the gaps and make your data centre hack-proof. Use application and code-scanning tools to seek out those vulnerabilities – you’ll then be provided with remediation capabilities and security metrics that can help you to patch up those vulnerabilities and ensure your data – and your investment – is safe.  

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