6 Steps For Keeping Your Data Safe
What worries you about your data backup and disaster recovery plan? Are you implementing too many steps or do you worry that weak links in your recovery process could increase downtime in case of loss?
We put together an infographic to a recommended 6 steps in keeping your data safe in the unlikely event your network is compromised.
1. Start With Good Access Control.
According to Mark Burnett, a Utah-based security consultant who recently analyzed patterns in 10 million usernames and passwords, the top 100 passwords people use haven't changed much over the years.
2. Use Strong Passwords and Change Them Frequently.
Users should also have a different password for each website or service. Password management services like LastPass, Dashlane, KeePass and 1Password make it relatively simple to create strong credentials and keep track of many different passwords.
3. Make Sure Data Moving Between The Company And a Cloud Service is Encrypted.
Use a virtual private network (VPN), which provides excellent security and ensures that all authorized users get a base level of encryption.
4. Secure System Level Resource Access
System-level resources should also be strictly controlled so that only a few people can provision new virtual machines or access data globally.
5. Local Back-ups of Cloud Data
Make sure your cloud provider allows you to make local backups of your data. This isn't always possible with some of the big consumer cloud services, so be sure to ask.
Sensitive data should be encrypted while in transit and again when stored on a PC or mobile device. Good password practices are just as important with smartphones and tablets as with business computers.