One of the worst things that can happen to a business is a data breach. If a data breach occurs, it means all of your sensitive information could wind up in the wrong hands. To protect your data, companies that host your information will employ safety measures to safeguard it from cyberattacks.
How Data Security Keeps Data Safe
In a world where a premium is placed on your private information, it’s crucial your data be protected from cybercriminals or data losses. Most companies that are in charge of storing your data will use multiple layers of security to keep your data safe. They’ll also use threat remediation services to identify potential threats that could sabotage security efforts.
A network that has several layers of security in place sounds pretty indestructible. However, it still could have a vulnerability that has the potential to bring the whole system crashing down. To sniff out these issues, companies use vulnerability testing such as penetration tests. Penetration tests—or pen tests for short—look for weaknesses in a network by simulating an attack.
These tests can range from small, to large scale and sophisticated, to blunt attacks. Penetration tests are normally performed by an outside penetration testing company or by independent penetration testers. After the test is completed, a security assessment can be conducted, allowing the company to fix any problems the testers found.
Whenever data are stored in the cloud, they’re almost always stored in encrypted files. Without an encryption key, the data in the files will look like gibberish. To steal this information, a hacker would need to crack the encryption code before they could read the information in the files.
Backing Up Your Data
In addition to threat risks and vulnerabilities, there’s also the danger of losing all of your data. Performing regular data backups is a dimension of security that’s often overlooked. If your data were to be lost for whatever reason, a backup would allow you to recover everything quickly and painlessly.
Protecting your information doesn’t just fall on the businesses you interact with; you also have to make an effort to protect your organization. This means installing security reporting software that allows you to track cyberthreats, monitoring the traffic that comes through your network, and upgrading your firewall.
It’s also important to provide information security awareness training for your staff. This training will help them understand what they can do to mitigate security risks, such as leaving a USB drive with sensitive information on a public bench.
Need Help Keeping Your Data Secure?
Data are among the most valuable assets a company can possess. That’s why it’s crucial to do everything you can to protect this information. At Applied Network Consulting Group, we provide comprehensive data security services including, but not limited to:
- Security Reporting
- Vulnerability Analysis
- Threat Remediation
- Managed Threat Security
Call us today and our team will get to work on a tailored data security plan for your business.
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