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Data Security - From your staff to the cloud

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Data Security - From Your Staff to the Cloud

With news of hacks, leaks, and intergovernmental interference, you may want to consider how best to secure your own company’s data. Whether you run a call center or a credit and finance institution, sensitive data is transmitted and held in physical storage devices and in cloud storage. Cloud storage is increasingly popular to file sensitive information. But, some experts warn of mistakes companies make in securing data. Specifically in regard to cloud storage, some experts suggest a need to add security layers to data stored in the cloud.

Rather than simply file away data in storage files similar to paper files in cabinets, companies must consider and create policies to track how and with whom files are shared. With policies and procedures in place, content controls, tracking processes, and deep analytics, security and workflow holes can be more easily secured. But, as important as policies and procedures are, it’s important to educate staff on the importance of data security.

Staff is First Line of Defense in Datacenter Security

Begin with the devices. As remote working continues to evolve, consider the devices which leave the office building in staff’s hands and make sure those devices are secure. Set rules and regulations in regard to data privacy outside the office. No matter your role on the IT team, manage up. Educate staff on the importance of data security and make sure they understand they’re the first line of defense.

Consider what controls are in place to ensure proper handling of sensitive data. Where is your data located and who has access? Make sure to encrypt it whether it’s being transmitted across networks or simply in storage. Educate staff and layer your security measures to ensure data is kept secure.

Be aware of user endpoints. Where is the data going and who has access as it is these endpoints which are often least protected. Consider your end user and put policies in place to guard against unencrypted or non-password protected files. Endpoints such as mobiles, tablets, and laptops are particularly vulnerable.

Setting Standards to Mitigate Risk

When it comes to data security, most businesses use a one-size fits all approach. But, their strategic objectives, risk, and value of data used to assess security risk are varied. In considering datacenter security, many organizations consider the implications of big data and its applications. From real-time fraud detection to smart power grids to complex competitive analysis, big data is characterized by three main factors: volume (how much data is transmitted daily), velocity (the speed at which data is transmitted), and variety (the range of data transmitted).

As you think through the security implications of your datacenter and the best strategies for implementation, keep in mind the following. Educating users and staff is important to a solid data security strategy. Be sure to not only have policies and procedures in place, but also update them regularly.

Securing your datacenter is paramount to an effective and efficient organization. Having the right team in place can ensure peace of mind. This is where our team of experts comes in. If you’re interested in contributing to the future of big data, we might have the role for you. We specialize in Data and Analytics recruitment and always have a wide range of vacancies at both junior and senior level. Take a look at our current vacancies or contact us to find out more.

For the East Coast and Mid-West teams please call 212-796-6070, or email newyorkinfo@harnham.com.

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