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How safe is your data?

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By Laju Iren

YOU might think that you have nothing to worry about when it comes to cyber security. But you are probably wrong. According to a recent survey, 95 percent of networks have been breached. 66 percent of those are not even aware of the network breach.

data-digitaStudies have also found that the amount spent on cyber security by governments and corporate organizations is increasing by 10 percent every year.
It isn’t enough to gape in disbelief. Here are some measures you put in place to ensure a safer network for your organization or business.

Look to the cloud

Clouds have privacy and security controls to ensure that only the people you want to access your data are able to. Moving components onto third-party clouds could actually provide added resilience against events such as local power loss at sites.
Many clouds are backed up at multiple locations, meaning that if one of the provider’s servers goes down your data will still be available from somewhere else.

Be sure to use a reliable service provider with good history. also, let your provider know what data you would like deleted after a certain period of time.
Fortify hardware and software

It pays to have reliable anti-virus software on your organisation’s computers. Go a step further in updating your anti-virus and other software regularly.
You should also be careful about the kind of software you install on your computer so that you don’t open up the door for malware and other malicious activities. Also, work with your IT team to ensure that your hardware is secure as well.

Back up regularly

Imagine what would happen if you lost all your data? Keep that imagination in mind until you have backed up your data in multiple secure locations. Don’t procrastinate, do it now, and do it often.

Train your staff

It won’t do you any good if you’re the only one who cares about securing your network. Get experts to train your staff often on habits they need to imbibe to ensure cyber security.
Money, money, money

Don’t always go for the cheap stuff. Speak with your CTO or head of IT on how to make reasonable investments to secure your network. Sometimes a trusted third party company who has data security as its core might be a better option for you. Weigh all your options before making a decision.

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