With the almost routine news about breaches in data security, businesses and individuals alike should be very cautious about the data they store, where it is stored, and how vulnerable the data could be for attack or disaster.

Data can be stolen and used for nefarious purposes, or data can be corrupted or destroyed from system failure or a disaster such as fire or flood.  In any case, a good protection policy should be in place to keep data safe.

The following are some ways to keep your data protected:

  • Itemize Your Data – determine all the different types of data that you manage or store and create a list.  Then note where the data is stored including desktop computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets, cloud services, external drives or other locations.
  • Determine Vulnerability – note the different types of problems that could occur with the data, including accidental file deletion, computer crashes, viruses, fire, natural disasters or other issues.
  • Research Solutions – there are many options available to help keep your data protected.  These include redundant storage, cloud services, and backup storage options.
  • Consider the Cloud – there are some cost effective options for businesses to consider using cloud solutions.  Data backups are vital for any size business, and using cloud services for backups is relatively simple and very secure.  Research the cloud backup providers and determine what is best for your business based on quality, services provided and cost.

Loss of data can be devastating to you and your business.  Don’t wait until the unthinkable happens; put a plan in place today to keep your information safe.