The definitive guide to data protection in Colorado

You know your data is important, you know you need it, and you certainly know you don’t want anyone else to have it. But how does all of this translate into full-blown data protection for your Colorado business?

Good question, right?

As threats evolve and as technology digs its claws deeper into our day-to-day lives, protecting your business data only becomes harder. So much so, that it can seem impossible.

But that doesn’t mean you should just accept the idea that your data will be taken from you at any point. In fact, far from it.

Your business should fight. And fight hard.

So that’s what this guide is going to help you do. Fight hard to keep your data alive and well.

Our complete guide to business data protection in Colorado covers:

Why is data so easy to lose?

You so much as look at your data sideways and it’ll dip out faster than you can blink.

Harsh, but true.

Business data is vulnerable at all hours of the day, and here’s why.

Data breaches wreak havoc

The world of data is no stranger to high-profile data breaches. We see them all the time — from healthcare to finance to social media.

Data breaches are embarrassing, expensive, and downright frustrating.

But what can you do about them?

Related: Adventures in data loss: strategies, stats, and stories

If enterprise organizations like Equifax, Chase, and Target can’t protect their data from hackers, then where does that leave your business?

It’s a valid question — but it’s not one that should leave you ditching the digital screen for pen and paper or carrier pigeons. Data breaches are a real threat, but there are realistic ways to avoid them (more on this later).

Related: 2017 data breaches – The top 5 breaches you need to know about

Everyday disasters are way too everyday

Data loss isn’t just about malicious hackers and massive breaches. It goes far beyond that — or … below that?

At this point, we’re taking things to an everyday level.

Hardware failures. Accidental deletes. Ruthless malware. And software glitches.

Yup. These are the things that keep your business data up at night.

Related: 2 companies lose data the hard way

The rise of mobility is a pain in my ops

Sure, there are new threats popping up every day. And yes, we’re all prone to accidents. But those aren’t the only reasons our data disappears on us.

What about the simple fact that we’re making data more vulnerable by doing things we never used do with it?

Like mobility.

Mobility is on the rise like never before, and as a business, the more mobile you are, the more competitive you can be. You could say that mobility is your license to compete.

But — and this is a big but — mobility comes at a steep price. You won’t have to sell your soul to get it, but you may be forced to give up some of your data security and privacy.

Related: Security to go — Three tips to keep your mobile data safe

How can I protect my business data?

Okay, okay … there are all these threats, and they seem pretty hard to avoid. Some would even say, impossible.

So what’s the solution?

Well, like any good team, you need an offensive and defensive strategy.

First and foremost, how are you going to protect your data? And secondly, how are you going to react if someone or something gets hold of that data?

What’s your data protection strategy?

You’re holding that data-filled ball, and you’re running down the digital field with it … so far so good. But how do you keep it out of the hands of malware, hackers, malfunctions, and internal wrongdoers?

It’s simple, really. You build a strategy — one that’s layered and proactive.

  • Layer on the security solution. Don’t stop at that free antivirus solution you downloaded on the internet. Keep going until you’ve found a professional managed security provider, with industry-leading network security tools and comprehensive data protection solutions.
  • Train your employees. Don’t just assume they’ll know what to do when the time comes. Teach your employees about social engineering, spoofing, phishing, ransomware, the whole lot of ‘em … Give your employees the ammo they need to fight back.
  • Build a comprehensive BYOD policy. Never leave your mobile business data to fend for itself. Protect it with a detailed policy that says what data can be accessed, how, and with what devices.
  • Prioritize what’s important. It’s true … not all data is created equal. Know what data you can and can’t live without and for how long. Then, use this information to target your security (and recovery) efforts and effectively secure your mission-critical business applications and data.
  • Automate your security processes. Don’t leave updates, patches, and upgrades waiting on the sidelines. Automate your security solution and get them into the game as soon as possible.

Related: 9 online security tips even your grandma can handle

What’s your plan B?

A punk teenager snatches your data. A freak flood destroys your data. A never-before-seen virus corrupts your data. A vindictive employee deletes your data.

Really, the possibilities are endless. Which means … the time will come, and when it does, what will you do? Because even with the most advanced security solution, data loss is always a possibility. ALWAYS.

At this point, it’ll either be “death by data” or a speedy recovery. Pick your favorite and run with it.

  • Implement a data backup solution. And a good one. An automated one. One that’s fully supported and regularly tested by a professional data backup provider. If you want to learn more about what a data backup is and how it actually works, read this article.
  • Create a disaster recovery and business continuity plan. Because even if you have a data backup solution, you still need a plan in place that says, “This is how you can recover that backed up data and this is who’s responsible for it.” Here’s an article that covers some of the basic elements a disaster recovery plan should include.
  • Understand how everything works together. This falls in line with employee training and education — but it goes a bit further than that. How does data actually work? What should employees know about it and how should they treat it? This “understanding” covers everything from throwing out old tech and reporting suspicious activity to deleting unused data and knowing your data boundaries.

Related: What really happens to data after you die?

How to get help with your mobile data

There’s just no way to talk about data without talking about the mobile elephant in the room. By that, we mean mobile-accessible data.

Many modern organizations are just now taking advantage of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. These can offer impressive levels of flexibility while boosting employee happiness and enabling a more agile workforce. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a foolproof one… because a bad one can cause more trouble than it’s worth.

Naturally, many organizations will also question how to keep that mobile data secure. No worries — we’ve covered that too in this article.

Related: Here’s how to PROPERLY dispose of old technology

Now what?

Well, that’s for you to decide. Do you want your business data to stick around or no?

If that’s a big, fat ‘yes,’ then you should probably read, and then re-read, this article.

Or you can just send us a message. We’re pretty good at this whole data protection thing, and we want you to be, too.