Go Beyond Basic Data Security Steps

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These days, most businesses that deal with sensitive consumer information know full well that how they handle it is both a security and regulatory issue. However, when it comes to protecting this kind of data, many only take the most basic steps required of them by law to make sure they’re keeping that information safe. And while that is going to satisfy state requirements almost everywhere in the U.S., it might not be enough to keep customers or clients happy on an ongoing basis.

Indeed, many experts recommend that as it relates to data security, companies should be doing more than the minimum required of them under state law, according to a report from Security Intelligence. There are, in fact, some states that don’t have any data security laws at all, and while that means businesses won’t run afoul of regulators if they suffer a data breach, failure to have even basic measures in place can leave them vulnerable.

What does that mean?
Consequently, companies that haven’t yet beefed up their data security procedures may need to look at their plans for how to protect whatever information they have on hand, how they monitor access to it, and what they would do in the event of a data breach, the report said. With all this in mind, they can also look at the best ways to improve the standards they already have in place.

Of course, that’s not always easy for a lot of companies, especially smaller ones, because while data security is vital, it’s also something that can often cost more than some have in the budget. With this in mind, farming out such security to a data center platform provider, such as one specializing in colocation, may be able to help companies meet their goals for both budgeting and security needs.

Knowing weaknesses
Even companies that have invested heavily in data security might not always be in the best possible shape when it comes to ongoing issues, according to CSO Magazine. For instance, many may focus on the technical side of data security but not actually take the steps to make sure people know how it works in the real world. A healthy percentage of all breaches occur not as a result of hacking attacks, but because people simply make mistakes, like emailing files to the wrong people or misplacing a device with sensitive information on it.

In addition, if companies don’t have a way to track how sensitive files are being transmitted in the first place, that can cause its own problems, the report said. This can be especially problematic in the event of a data breach, because once a file is out of pocket, it is often impossible to monitor what happened to it. And because companies can’t always keep tabs on this issue in ways they might like, that can also affect their responsiveness to these events when they happen.