I worked in computer sales for more than ten years. The rate of speed at which technology advances is quite incredible. As technology advances, we use it more, creating more data. It’s crucial we keep our data safe for many reasons. Here’s a few thoughts from Darren on data security, which I am sharing with permission.
Data Security for Everyone
Data is intrinsically linked to the intellectual property, competitive advantage, and revenue stream of most businesses. Because of this, risk to data and data security are both things that are a concern that can impact each and every single aspect of a business. That doesn’t mean that we, as individuals, don’t also have data that needs protecting.
SecureUSB is a company that makes a USB drive that features flash key encryption. This is an amazing innovation for anyone who is looking for yet another option to keep their data secure. They make a USB flash drive that has physical security in the form of a keypad on the outside of the drive itself. This means that you can safely store your information on this drive and as soon as you pull it from your computer, it locks and encrypts the information stored on it. In order to access this information, you must enter the PIN on the keypad to unlock the drive.
This is a great thing for both businesses and individuals. Yes, normal flash drives are great. You can store data on them and carry them with you anywhere you go. However, their portability also means that they are easily lost and or stolen and any information you may have on them can fall into the wrong hands and be compromised. This is not an issue with this encrypted USB flash drive by SecureUSB.
Storage on a Larger Scale
We all know that all of the information that businesses have to deal with will not just be stored on a single USB flash drive – maybe only what is necessary for working on a specific project. However, security is also paramount when it comes to choosing hosting solutions or even dedicated servers. Of course, the best option is always to be proactive. You need to perform system backups at regular intervals. One way that you can do that is to save a backup on an external device such as an external hard drive or even a bootable flash drive if it is large enough. One that is encrypted would be spectacular for this.
Data security is also a key factor when it comes to data migration. You might have noticed that the security of data is an ever growing concern. Just in the last year, there have been quite a few data losses with a high profile. When you carry out any sort of data migration, it is imperative that you secure all of the data that is critical to businesses and highly sensitive. Security can never be left to chance.
Risk and Data Security
Have you ever stopped to consider that your brain collects and processes massive amounts of data so that we are able to make decisions? What do you notice and why do you notice it? When and how are you able to recognize any sort of risks as opposed to unthinkingly filtering out all of the masses of data that are safely ignored? Just like our brains have the astounding ability to make various judgements by examining and integrating data of all sorts, recent advances in tech have enabled new insights as well as the determination of the risks for the security of data that is automated.
Data Security Intelligence
This is also known as DSI. It provides technology that is highly automated for monitoring data, analyzing it and prioritizing it by risk of sensitivity. This technology also gives you insights that are actionable that might otherwise never come to light, as well as finding root causes as well as downstream impacts for sensitive data. DSI goes well beyond the traditional types of analytics because it incorporates elements that are next gen, such as learning by machines and tech for big data that can turn patterns that have been uncovered into recommendations that are strategic for eliminating or reducing sensitive data risks.
Put all of this together and you will be able to find out where you have security risks for your data as well as to be able to be proactive in keeping your data secure. It is more than just about backing up your data, although this is still critical. You need to have an idea of which data is more sensitive as well as having ways (multiple) of securing it. This is critical both for business data and personal data.