An Essential Guide to Data Protection for Businesses

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Running a small or large business is tough. Not only do you need to ensure that your company is thriving in the competitive economic market and that your employees are satisfied, but you also have to be certain that all of your company data is properly protected. Failing to do so can cause massive problems for your business, not least of all in the form of lawsuits from clients whose data has been allowed to slip into the public domain. If you are careful though, and have effective data protection systems in place, such undesirable eventualities can easily be avoided.

 

Access On A Need-to-Know Basis

 

Data – whether it’s financial records, customer files, credit card details or employees’ personal information – is very sensitive and needs to be treated as such. So in a business, it is essential that only those requiring access to these records are provided with it. By minimising the number of people who have access to the data, you minimise the risk. And in a worst case scenario (if data has been leaked by an employee), you will have a far better idea of who may be the perpetrator.

 

Paper is Just as Important

 

Given that most of our important data is stored digitally these days, you might presume that data stored in a physical format were obsolete. It isn’t. Paper documents still hold plenty of highly-sensitive data that must be treated as carefully as its digital counterpart. So be certain that all paper documents are stored safely and are destroyed professionally by a data protection firm such as Datashred.

 

Encrypt Everything

 

Encryption is a very simple but very effective method by which to ensure the security of digital data. Pretty much every form or computer software or hardware can be password protected these days, so make use of this be encrypting wherever possible. Of course, password are by no means entirely foolproof, but they will add a very useful extra layer of protection for your data.

 

Keep It Safe

 

Data in digital form is an incredibly sensitive commodity these days, which plenty of undesirable computer-savvy individuals will constantly be trying to get their hands on. It is your responsibility as a business to put all of the above systems in place to ensure that this never happens.