Hackers can be thwarted and data can be salvaged with the right tools.

Understanding information security is crucial for enterprise

Stephen Perkins

It used to be that a couple of passwords and some physical locks were all it took to secure information effectively. But as times changed and technology evolved, many people have failed to understand exactly how things are different. According to Wall Street and Technology senior editor Becca Lipman, there seems to be a prevailing attitude that digital safety is a commonly-understood concept.

But, she said, this is actually one of the biggest problems facing modern businesses. Today's malicious hackers have an untold number of tools at their disposal, allowing them to be patient, yet persistent. Gone are the days of trying to work around or disable firewalls. Now, those that want to get their hands on sensitive data are able to do so in much more conniving ways.

But assuming that information has been properly encrypted, chances are that these criminals are going to have a much harder time accessing what they came for, even after they have obtained it. With the right protections, data might be so tightly clamped that being able to use it is a lost cause.

Business continuity helps protect data integrity
But even if it cannot be used for ill intent, that does not change the fact that it has probably been lost indefinitely, if not for good. Should a company suddenly be missing the files it needs to complete tasks, they could be at risk for downtime that could – depending on the size of the breach – drive the organization out of business. This is why information security needs to be supplemented with a business continuity plan.

According to ANPI CMO David Byrd, although business continuity plans can save companies, only 52 percent of small businesses said that they have a business continuity plan in place. Many companies may think that their information security initiatives are what will keep their businesses afloat in case of an emergency, but it is what happens between the time of the breach and when the business is back to normal that really matters.

One way in which to facilitate business continuity is to seek out an offsite, online backup solution. Trusting redundancy upkeep and system maintenance to trained professionals will not only allow IT departments the freedom to tend to other issues, but it also will ensure that the most recent versions of files and systems will be available at a moment's notice. This can be taken one step further with cloud backup. Instant accessibility through cloud technology can help to create temporary workspaces in the event of an office closure.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup