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Protect Your Identity With Proper Data Destruction

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February 13, 2015
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With the rise of technology, protecting data online has been a growing concern. What with identity fraud, hacking, and other scenarios, it is essential that individuals and businesses are aware of how to protect crucial data. Knowing how to protect your data using secure data destruction methods is incredibly important, so here are some things to consider so that you can best protect your private information.

The first thing you should do is figure out where you are storing all of your data. For example, many businesses store their data on different platforms: in the cloud, on local disks, offsite on tape, and disk-based backup systems to name a few. It is essential to know where your data is being stored because each different platform requires its type of protection. If you are aware of where your information is being stored, then you can take the necessary steps that will best protect your data. To minimize the risk of data leaking, implement a “need to know” policy. Essentially, this means that systems are created that limit the amount of access to data sets. Only individual employees have access to certain information, which will allow you to keep better track of things. You can also initiate log entries so you can know who accessed what information and when. A third way to help data protection is to increase your network security. You probably already have firewalls and antivirus software, but it is vital to keep these up to date and to make sure that your network security includes tablets and even phones that are used for business purposes.

Another thing to do is to create a lifecycle plan for your data. This requires you to figure out how to securely get rid of old or obsolete data. This includes inventory on all old hardware that may potentially have information stored in the hard drive still. Finally, be sure to educate everyone in your business about data security and the ramifications that may occur if a system is breached. When everyone is on board, it may significantly reduce the chances of data being leaked.

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