Data loss has been a hot issue lately, especially after the hacking of iCloud and the resulting leak of celebrity photos, as well as the attack on Sony Pictures, releasing massive amounts of confidential and personal employee data.
Whether you’re a large multinational corporation or an independent technology company, your information is important and should be kept as safe as possible.
Here are a few basic tips on how to make sure your data is secure and remains that way.
Backup Your Data
By now, backing up your data should be common sense. Too many things can go wrong not to have your data backed up in case of hardware failure or an untimely system crash.
But here’s an additional recommendation – DO NOT back your data up on the same drive as your operating system.
Whether it’s a result of malfunctioning software or a vicious malware attack, a majority of computer issues affect the operating system.
Often, you’ll need to reinstall certain software or reformat the infected drive in order to remove a virus, leaving most if not all of your data unsalvageable.
Which brings us to the next tip…
Install An Anti-Virus Program
Though backing up your data is extremely important in the event that your system is infected by a virus, preventing the virus from the start can save a great deal of trouble in the form of downtime as well as file loss and data corruption.
An effective anti-virus program will help prevent, detect, and remove software viruses (as well as other malware such as trojans, worms, bots, etc.) keeping your valuable data as secure as possible.
Have A Disaster Recovery Plan
All it takes is one major security breach or virus attack to force unnecessary downtime, vital data loss, while risking the safety and reputation of your business.
Even with sufficient data backup and up-to-date antivirus software, your documents and important information can still be lost due to human error and natural disasters. Though these issues cannot always be prevented, they can certainly be minimized with a proper disaster recovery plan.
So if you have the opportunity to safeguard the future of your business, shouldn’t you take it?
Contact Cognoscape today to learn more about how you can keep your information truly safe.