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Tips to Prevent Data Loss

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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Data loss can occur on any device storing information. A recent study from EMC, a leading provider of IT storage hardware and solutions, suggests that data loss and downtime cost businesses in the United States $1.7 trillion each year. Your concern as a technology manager is always how to minimize and ultimately avoid any loss of data important to your business and operations.

Data loss can happen in a number of ways:

  • Human Error - Accidental data deletion, modification, overwrite

  • File Corruption - Software error, virus infection

  • Hardware Failure – Drive, controller, or CPU

  • Environmental Impact - Fire, flood, earthquake, lightning

You will minimize the possibility of data loss and its impact with a strong data protection plan. Follow these four steps to help safeguard your organization’s data:

INCLUDE

Data protection is not just about desktops and notebooks. As more employees use tablets and smartphones, data management strategies should be revisited. Take an inclusive look at all devices and systems accessing data.

PREVENT

Investigate the use of data loss prevention tools at network gateways, especially for areas that manage confidential and sensitive information. All devices should have the same security protocols: encryption, passcodes, anti-malware, and screen locking.

TRAIN

Develop an organizational security awareness program. Comprehensively train the support providers and employees on how to secure their systems and network infrastructure.

AUDIT

Audit existing systems and services to confirm they continue to maintain their secure configurations.

In the end, preventing data loss is led by the technology team, but this is a shared responsibility for all in the organization. Having a solid, well communicated, prevention plan is your best defense.

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Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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