When many people hear about the need for improved data security, they may think of massive tech companies that control huge amounts of data. However, while the threats those companies face are very real, so too are the smaller ones that pose similar problems for the organizations that suffer them. As a result, regardless of the size or focus of any business or organization, it can probably do more to make sure the data it controls is as protected as possible.
The fact is that when it comes to these concerns, a lot of smaller companies or organizations just don’t have the money or IT infrastructure to protect their sensitive data as robustly as possible. Others, though, simply don’t do as much as they probably could have. For instance, Avon School District in Livingston County, New York, was recently cited by a state comptroller review for not doing enough to protect sensitive information, according to a report from the Livingston County News.
What’s the problem?
Specifically, the school district does not have policies in place for managing the passwords of people who have access to critical data, how that information is backed up, and generally how data is secured in the first place, the report said. For example, some employees had access to financial software that they didn’t need, and as a result could have caused a data breach if they’d improperly used it for some reason.
“As a result, there is an increased risk that the district’s IT data and components will be lost or misused, and that the district will not be able to resume critical operations in the event of a system failure,” the report said, according to the newspaper.
In addition, many small businesses fall into the same boat: not having strident enough data security policies, or not having the right software in place to protect sensitive information, according to a report from Smallbusiness.co.uk. A poll of British small business owners found that more than 3 in 5 companies chose not to invest some money into data security, highlighting the potential issue that if they are targeted, they could end up suffering calamitous data breaches.
It’s worth noting, though, that many companies choose not to take these steps because of the cost involved. Most smaller companies just don’t have the budget to keep up with the latest software needs and hope to get by on following best practices whenever possible. However, it is these companies in particular that may benefit from colocation solutions provided by data center services.
Interestingly, though, despite these numbers, 41 percent of small businesses polled said they feel adequately protected, while only 21 percent think data security is an “issue” for their companies, the report said. Further, only a little more than half said they have policies in place for what to do when it comes to a data breach through email and mobile devices, while 38 percent definitively said they did not. The other 11 percent weren’t sure about their policies.