Technology has expanded greatly within the past few years, with a great emphasis on securing data. Anti-malware, firewalls and antivirus scans have gradually became the most widely used forms of protecting computerised data.
Unfortunately, many problems arise when a company solely focuses on "frontline" security. For example, when a company applies all of its security resources to prevent website hacking, but fails in securing data for dated or obsolete devices, disaster is inevitable.
Over-emphasising "frontline" security leaves the "back door" open, as demonstrated by the popular retail chain Target. Approximately 40 million credit cards were stolen from the retail giant. However, its website security was impeccable. The data that was stolen was actually obtained from its point-of-sale system.
Unfortunately, these types of systems have previously failed in securing data. Many retailers have assumed that the manufactured security settings are adequate for securing data that is transmitted via this system. Other retail giants such as Michaels and Neiman Marcus have had to deal with similar security issues. Frontline security is equally as important as backdoor security.
Employees and securing data
Unfortunately, many companies fail to incorporate the appropriate data security when monitoring or limiting an employee's network or data access. One method in securing data when it comes to a client’s records or credit card numbers is to encrypt the information, making it unreadable to a third party.
Encryption techniques can be carried out manually or digitally. Although it does not solve access control problems, it is effective in preventing an outside party from retrieving data via a remote source. If data is stolen, this is probably one of the best security measures that a company can take.
Securing data when disposed
The appropriate disposal of data is also often neglected. It is very important for a business owner to understand how retrievable data can have a negative impact on their company. The company's reputation can be negatively affected, inadvertently resulting in loss of income. It may also result in a loss of trust from customers.
There are numerous products available that can assist business owners with securing data. For example, business owners can now implement the proper destruction of data storage devices, which have often resulted in privacy violations and identity theft. While still remaining in compliance with NSA standards, media devices can now be disposed with a hands-off approach.
As technology grows and becomes increasingly complicated, so does securing data. Businesses can prevent data exposure by implementing appropriate security measures and devices, restricting sensitive data and properly disposing antiquated devices.