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Five Easy Steps for Securing Data

  • Five Easy Steps for Securing Data-

    Step #4: Monitor and inform your data's lifecycle.

    By creating a data lifecycle management plan, you'll ensure the secure destruction of old and obsolete enterprise data. As part of this process, you should:

    • Identify the data you must protect, and for how long.
    • Build a multipronged backup strategy that includes offline and offsite tape backups.
    • Forecast the consequences of a successful attack, then guard the vulnerabilities revealed in this exercise.
    • Take paper files into account, since they can also be stolen.
    • Inventory all hardware that could possibly house old data and securely dispose of copiers, outdated voicemail systems and even old fax machines.
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Five Easy Steps for Securing Data

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    Step #4: Monitor and inform your data's lifecycle.

    By creating a data lifecycle management plan, you'll ensure the secure destruction of old and obsolete enterprise data. As part of this process, you should:

    • Identify the data you must protect, and for how long.
    • Build a multipronged backup strategy that includes offline and offsite tape backups.
    • Forecast the consequences of a successful attack, then guard the vulnerabilities revealed in this exercise.
    • Take paper files into account, since they can also be stolen.
    • Inventory all hardware that could possibly house old data and securely dispose of copiers, outdated voicemail systems and even old fax machines.

While data security has always been an important issue for businesses, after the massive data breaches suffered in 2014, it has become a critical priority for IT leaders across the world. In an effort to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices, January 28th has been declared Data Privacy Day. It's currently recognized and celebrated in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries.

Businesses of all sizes can benefit from clear, actionable tips on how to improve their data security. In fact, Iron Mountain's 2014 Data Protection Predictors survey reveals that data loss is IT leaders' primary concern. Fueling their anxieties is the fact that the amount of data they manage continues to soar — and this data lives in multiple formats throughout their enterprise.

Here are five steps you can take this month to celebrate Data Privacy Day and improve your security plan.