Business data is commonly a company’s lifeblood. Yet, the more you talk to various companies in the small business sector, the more you see a disconnect with the previous statement.
As more and more companies move into and adopt the digital age we currently reside, the more important digital data becomes. Many well-known technological minds even go as far as to say business data is becoming more important than the employees that make up a company. Which is a strong statement, and concerning depending on how you interpret the idea.
If you ask a business owner to think through a scenario where all of their business data were to become corrupt, go missing, or be compromised by hackers, generally the outcome is dire. Many businesses would go out of business or take years to recover.
Yet, when you discuss their back-up solutions or company policy on bring your own device, company laptop policy at home, or even USB policy; none seem to think about the repercussions of any of the above policies and how any single one could be the beginning of the end of their business.
Securing your business data is not just about solid back-ups, but thinking through all company policies where points of entry into a data system or computer can take place. As business data becomes more and more valuable, there will be more and more nefarious characters looking at ways to access it for some gain.
Putting together a strong back-up solution is an absolute necessity, and the first of many ways to secure your business data. It really begins with a few calculations and thinking about your back-up solution as an insurance policy for your business data. However, taking small and easy steps to educate staff on the proper ways to handle other points of entry into business systems is another way to reduce the risk of data issues.