Businesses that require data systems need data protection. Be it intellectual property, customer/vendor records, sales department mobile devices, employee data, banking information, credit card information, email and internet usage – any data that is pertinent to the successful operation of a business must be guarded for the success of the business. It is “business intelligence” that requires data solutions from which is achieved database management, security, and virtualization to achieve a true optimization. The IT landscape of a business is then fortified and hard to compromise.
But at what point should a business make such a decision to protect its business intelligence? When it receives a marketing letter from a risk management business? When renewing business insurance? Perhaps, it hits home after landing a big account or reading about cyber crime in a business journal. Losing a valuable employee to a competitor can cause a great deal of concern. Maybe, that point arrives upon realizing that the business is growing, and controls have to be put into place before chaos develops. A frightening scenario is discovering the personal data of all its credit card customers has been breached and the data protection in place was not adequate. Inadequate data protection might allow an invasion by an insider or cyber criminals. So, an investment has to be made to short-circuit any subsequent invasions, perils or mishaps with considerable damage already done. ‘It wasn’t complacency; we just did not see it coming!’
Research has shown that most large businesses have either learned their lessons early in the game or either had the acumen within their organizations to project the hazards of data protection and take appropriate steps to reinforce the data protection wall. Now, however, it is the growing data of small and medium businesses (“SMBs”) that are more vulnerable to perils of invasion, making SMBs the main prey. SMBs can suffer setbacks from devastating cyber theft, even causing a business’s demise. Two years ago, a surprising 77% of SMBs overlooked data protection according to a survey of over 1,000 U.S. small businesses sponsored by Symantec and the National Cyber Security Alliance, and reported inThe Business Journals, How to Protect Your Company’s Data ( Jan. 25, 2012). Many of them probably did not have an IT professional on staff; instead, they informally contracted with IT professionals to pay site visits on an as-needed basis that more or less involved tweaking systems than securitizing them.
The passage of time, experience, economy woes and savvy has checked that awareness gap. ‘Take care or take a loss’ is no strange logic to any SMB. If some type of data protection wall is not in place, it simply is “not affordable” at this time. However, SMBs should arrange to have an IT infrastructure audit performed by a professional to point out system weaknesses and make recommendations. This may create the possibility of using some type of affordable and interim safety net.
Backups ensure recovery.
What is absolutely vital, however, is the backing up of a business’s data chain to protect and recover sensitive data in the event of cyber theft or other mishap. Data encrypting, of course, is a fail safe. Nonetheless, hard drive failure recoveries can prove very expensive and, perhaps, time consuming. Backing up is the most effective safeguard. There are a myriad of backup software developers from which to choose. Backup white label resellers market backup product that can be rebranded for SMBs. Reseller white label backup is readily available because of the number of producers (and resellers) in this market. In most instances, reseller white label backup may be the same as a producer’s top quality. The big plus is cost because the price-out is lower than norm for quality product. Cloud storage white label resellers also service SMBs.
Data protection solutions service could be an alternative route; while not necessarily the cheapest, it offers an SMB backup, protection and data recovery services and has many other capabilities to integrate an SMB’s entire data system that can be added over time.