Richard Blech looks at the Rules imposed by the EU’s GDPR compliance make it vital to get Data security right The most valuable asset in business right now is date, because at that data can cover financial transactions to very important customer and important details. Using this data can effectively and positively impact on everything in a business from decision-making to sales and marketing effectiveness. Which makes it vital for businesses to make data security serious and ensure good and robust precautions are always in place to protect this very important asset.
These days Data security is a huge subject with many aspects to consider in any business, although it can be confusing at times to know where to start. Obviously with this in mind, here are some vital measures businesses should consider implementing to keep their important data safe and secure.
Know where to keep your data
Understand what data your business has, where and how it is kept and who is responsible for that data, which indeed is fundamental to building any good data security strategy. Building and maintaining data assets log will always ensure that any preventative measures your business introduces will always refer to and include all the relevant important data assets.
Make sure your employees know
Data privacy and security will always play are a key part in your business, especially now with GDPR. So it’s now even more crucial to make sure your staff are aware of data importance. As we all know the most destructive and common mistakes in any business are mainly due to human error. For instance, the loss or theft of a typical USB/Memory stick or maybe a laptop/tablet containing important personal information about your business which could seriously damage your company’s reputation, and also could lead to financial penalties. So it is vital that businesses consider a good and thorough staff training programme to make sure all your employees are made aware of the valuable asset of data they have to deal with and indeed the need to manage it very securely.
Make sure only a few have access to data
It is sad to note, but the most likely cause of a data breach, will be your employees. So having tight controls over who can access this data and what particular data they can obtain and have access to is extremely important. Always look to minimising their access privileges to just the data they really need. You can also use data watermarking which will prevent malicious data theft by employees and will ensure you can easily identify the source if a data breach takes place. This works by giving you the feature to add unique tracking codes (also known as “seeds”) to your systems databases and in tandem you can monitor how the data is being used – even when it has moved outside your companies direct control. The data watermarking service works for email, landline, post mail and mobile calls and is created to build a detailed record of the real use of your data.