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The Importance of Data Security

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June 1, 2015
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With the amount of personal information that businesses collect through client information, individual files, payment information, bank account details, etc., data security is paramount. If this personal information is leaked, it cannot only cause damage to the clients, but it will also sully your company’s reputation. The good news is that your company can keep this information safe from hackers or malware infections. Here are some reasons that data security is essential.

With proper data security, you will be able to prevent data breaches. You can avoid disclosure of client information; not only is this important to your clients but it also will save your company money as data breaches are costly incidents to repair. Not only will data security help to prevent violations, but it will also ensure the integrity of your data. This means that outside sources will be unable to make any unauthorized changes to the data including data structures, logs, and configuration files. With data integrity, you will be able to have complete visibility over the trends and patterns of your data, which help keep information secure. Data security and privacy go hand in hand. Data security can prevent the disclosure of sensitive information by making the information unidentifiable with the client. Data security will mask this data found in applications, databases, and reports.

Data security will also protect from physical threats such as power outages, fires, malicious data, or theft. Be sure to have a plan of attack when it comes to each of these things. Other things that should be considered to maintain data security are who is allowed access to information, who has access to email systems and the internet in your company, and who is restricted from the report. Are passwords used and how will they be maintained? The type of firewalls and anti-malware you use are also necessary. These are just a few reasons that data security is vital for your company.

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