How important is data to your business
Posted by Jack Smiddy on 10/12 at 10:00 AM Data centre, Security, Web filtering,
How important is data to your business?

We know that your business data is irreplaceable and to lose it could be disastrous in terms of missed orders, lost sales information, contacts, payment details, employee records, etc. Stories of customer details being lost or leaked has been a feature of news feeds this year with UniCredit and TalkTalk hitting the headlines.  


If you were to lose your data because of a virus, ransomware, human error or sabotage, how would you cope? How will you know what your customers ordered? Would you know if you had billed them? Do you phone them and ask them? If you’ve lost your data, you can’t serve your customers properly and you can’t invoice your customers, so you will end up losing money.  


Even worse, if your company holds medical, legal or personal data, you could be facing some serious repercussions. Businesses must prevent data loss. Data can be stolen or leaked by hackers and viruses infiltrating your network. Employees can also be the source of a leak, either accidentally or maliciously.  


You need data protection from both sides.  


Data loss prevention (DLP) 
DLP helps eliminate the risk of sensitive data being removed and shared outside of your corporate network by email, online sharing or via a USB. This helps your IT department keep an eye on what information is leaving your network to reduce the risk of important and sensitive data being leaked or lost. 


A well-documented example would be Morrisons. The supermarket chain has recently urged the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling which gave the go-ahead for compensation claims from thousands of staff whose personal details were leaked on the internet by a disgruntled employee.


The final verdict is expected next year. 


Protect your business data from outside threats with firewalls. Next-generation firewalls analyse network traffic and ensure access control policies are enforced to prioritise your critical traffic and block potential threats. Hackers gained access to credit bureau Equifax’s crucial data, including social security numbers, driver’s licence numbers, addresses, etc. It also exposed the credit card data of 200+ thousand people as well.


Advanced protection threat management systems 
In addition to firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDS) and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) defend against different types of attack. An IDS identifies sites outside the network to identify potential cyber-attacks and copies are compared to a library of known threats to correctly identify malicious traffic before it can proceed further into the network. An IDS is incapable of taking direct action against threats but can also send an alert to the network administrator for them to take action. 

An IPS is like a security guard. It sits behind the firewall to check all incoming traffic for potential threats. Security policies are updated daily to provide protection against the latest threats. 

With these security measures in place, a business will feel well protected against the threats that lurk both inside and outside the office and their network.


If you need help ascertaining what your business needs, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

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Jack Smiddy on 10/12/2019

After spending seven years helping business across the world find the best IT talent, Jack has evolved his skills into helping business find the best communication, IT, cloud and connectivity solutions.

When Jack isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

He also plays for Exeter City’s amputee football team and enjoys learning programming languages such as JavaScript, C++ and Python.

Contact: jack.smiddy@swcomms.co.uk

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