Data Protection Services and Strategies
From the EU recently brought their GDPR laws into enforcement, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Data protection is one of the most spoken about topics in recent times; not only in IT circles but in general. But how can data protection be implemented? Easy, implementing data protection services and strategies.
I know what you’re thinking; if it’s easy then why is it such a problem? How can businesses protect the data they have?
Why is data protection important for businesses?
Data protection is a very important area for businesses of all sizes. There are legal requirements as well as being ethical. Along with this; there is also a positive or negative affect on a brands reputation around their practices on how private data is handled. Backups are part of this solution; although they need protection as well.
Data protection covers all of data corruption, data compromise and data loss.
As a consumer; would you choose a company that could cause your personal data to become compromised? Your clients will have the same thoughts when it comes to selecting your product or service over a competitor.
Types of Data Protection Services and Strategies available to businesses
Training Staff on the importance of data protection
Education of staff is one of the effective ways to help protect business data that is sensitive in nature. It’s even more critical if your staff is constantly on the move.
How often do you read about people leaving their laptop on the train, or losing their phone. Do they realise that if it contains company data on it that it has the potential to be damaging for the business?
Not only this; training on such things as technology fraud, phishing and other techniques used to gain access to data without the right authorisation.
The general rule to increase the data protection policy of your business is to invest time and money into staff. The more diligent they are with sensitive data; the stronger your data protection policy is.
Backup as a Service (BaaS)
Backup as a Service (shortened to BaaS) is a method of backup which utilises the cloud to replace traditional onsite based methods of backup. A BaaS provider is usually responsible for data consistency and restoring backed up copies of data. It’s up to the business to still maintain their backup, service levels (RPO and RTO).
The benefit of a BaaS solution is that there isn’t any upfront cost for hardware, along with ongoing maintenance and monitoring. This is all done by the service provider.
It also takes the stress and hassle of offsite backup away. By backing up directly to the cloud, there isn’t any need to rotate drives offsite. Or have an employee remember to swap the removable drives or tapes and bring them back when required.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
Disaster Recovery as a Service, or commonly known as DRaaS is a step further than BaaS mentioned above. The purpose of DRaaS is to have a secondary location where the primary environment is replicated to. Should an event occur where the primary site is down for any reason; the secondary DRaaS site will take over and keep mission critical services and processes running.
The benefit of this is that the entire secondary site will be maintained and configured by the service provider. This then frees up internal staff to focus on their particular role; rather than needing to maintain and monitor all disaster recovery processes, along with making sure that any DR plan or Business Continuity plan is current and up to date.
Finding the right service provider
There are many hosted backup providers out there. Each just a little bit different to the other. We’ve written about what to look for in a Backup Service Provider previously.
Test My Backups has relationships with some of the major online storage providers; and can offer both BaaS and DRaaS solutions for your business.
Needing to implement a data protection service into your business? Contact us for an obligation free chat.