In today’s fast-paced digital world, data storage often gets short shrift. We assume our important business information will always be accessible. We assume it will always be backed up. We assume it can always be recovered.
But what happens if your data suddenly disappears? How would your business survive the loss of such important information? And how would you react to different data loss scenarios — say, a cyberattack, a natural disaster, or simple user error?
The answer to each question is tougher than you think. Most businesses only consider the security of their data when it’s too late — after hackers have encrypted it or after you realize those data backups actually weren’t occurring regularly and remotely.
So what can you do to protect your data today? At CMIT Solutions, we work with our clients to ask a few basic questions about their information:
1. What data assets do you currently have?
Working with a trusted IT provider, you can take an inventory that identifies the location of and access to the critical information that drives your business. Once that’s done, protocols can be designed to protect that data and begin assessing any threats or vulnerabilities to it.
2. How would your business be affected if those data assets were lost?
Unexpected data loss is one of the biggest threats to business success. One widely shared statistic from the U.S. Small Business Administration claims that nearly 60% of small companies that suffer a cyberattack go out of business within six months. Many businesses impacted by a data disaster will discover that they can’t conduct regular business operations without it, compounding the problem while wreaking havoc on a company’s reputation and revenue.
3. How are your data backups stored, and how easily can they be accessed?
Regular, remote, and redundant data backup is important. But backing up your data is one thing — having easy access to those backups is entirely another. At CMIT Solutions, we securely store our clients’ backups in a variety of physical and cloud-based locations to mitigate the risk of total data loss risk. In addition, we integrate robust data recovery procedures with all data backup plans, helping companies retrieve their impacted information as efficiently as possible to support the return to day-to-day business operations.
4. Can you and your employees identify the top threats to business data?
If you said ransomware, phishing, and data breaches, you’re partially right. Cyberthreats, however, bombard modern companies from every direction, served up in malicious emails, infected web ads, and even illicit phone calls. The goal of stealing your data may remain the same, but the methods that hackers employ to achieve their nefarious aims are constantly evolving.
5. Do you use network intrusion tools to give your data an extra layer of protection?
Basic hardware monitoring and managed IT services are essential, but considering today’s threat landscape, further layers are needed. Many companies require around-the-clock security-focused monitoring and intrusion detection, often referred to as SOC (Security Operations Center) and SIEM (Security Incident & Event Management). These tools represent a company’s best shot at fending off cyberattacks, tracking the twists and turns of the modern hacking landscape in real time to protect your data. If you aren’t sure about the need for intrusion detection tools or whether your data security is robust enough, it’s time to talk to an IT provider.
At CMIT Solutions, we believe in a proactive approach to cybersecurity and data protection. Instead of waiting for the inevitable breach or compromise to happen, we work 24/7, 365 to keep our clients and their companies safe. We understand the threat that data loss poses to modern businesses, and we’re here to help. Contact CMIT Solutions today to safeguard your important information.