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The trend of digital data – information garnered through computers – is rising at a rapid rate, with our current storage capacities expected to increase 10 fold by 2020.

In just 30 minutes, the internet, with all of its connected devices (personal computers, smartphones etc), will generate the same amount of digital data equal to the entire written works in history.

From sharing documents in the cloud to streaming videos on our computers, everyday lives are dependent upon data, and it’s no different for businesses.

Industries such as professional services rely heavily on digital data to process huge amounts of financial and personal data – past and present – that would otherwise be manually processed, vulnerable to human error and misinterpreted.

The reason for digital data is obvious – keeping paper copies of information stored in physical offices carries big threats such as loss and damage, but it also poses equally big problems in the way of organisation and analysis.

Analysing hand written reports and organising them correctly is arduous, inefficient and limited by physical space.

The digital universe is constantly evolving and analysing, presenting more opportunities for businesses but also challenges, especially in regards to information security.

How to Protect Digital Data from a Security Breach

1. Make sure your hosting provider can offer the right support
There’s certain questions you should be asking when choosing a hosting provider, such as do they offer encryption? How secure are their facilities? If they don’t take data security seriously you can’t be guaranteed that your systems are backed up, or that where they host your data is secure.

2. Conduct a security audit
This basically means having full knowledge of which parts of your business could be vulnerable to an IT security breach. Your IT infrastructure – computers, mobile devices, company server – need to be thoroughly analysed so you can determine what is required to protect your systems.

3. Back everything up
Having the security measures in place is good, but without any backup for your data, you will lose everything – every single byte of information – if hit by a deadly data breach. Being able to recover lost or deleted information is the beauty of technology, you just need to remember to do it.

4. Fragment your digital assets
Rather than storing all of your business’ data in one large IT system, fragment it into a hybrid infrastructure so hackers or malicious malware can’t easily locate one source of data.

5.Secure your web browser
Malicious code is often embedded into trusted websites – watering holes – leaving your business open to a data breach.

Determine which websites could pose a threat to your business and make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest version of your web browser to test your configuration.

Although some employees may feel slightly perturbed to be told which websites they can and cannot visit, security is always first.

Data breaches are on the rise and pose massive threats to your IT infrastructure.

To effectively prepare for now and the future, download our free roadmap HERE

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