Data security is a crucial part of any business. Companies are legally obligated to employ security measures to protect their clients’ data. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines, not to mention reputation damage and legal consequences. That said, companies must prioritize data protection especially if they handle sensitive client information, and staying on top of data security trends is an excellent way to do that.
Here are the best trends in data security that every organization should be aware of:
Server room optimization
Whether it’s a size of a closet or a whole floor, a server room must be secured from every possible threat, including natural disasters, fires, intruders, and cybersecurity attacks. To do this, server room optimization must be done on a regular basis. Your company should hire reliable data center design services to ensure that their server room has all the necessary security measures to protect company data. And since security technology is continuously changing, your company must update your server room security periodically.
Cloud data protection
Storing data on the cloud is an excellent solution to safeguard information from physical damage and local network risks. However, cloud services are not all made the same. If your business uses the cloud for storage and communication, your host must have data protection regulation, risk management practices, and privacy standards in place.
A major trend we have observed this year is the increase in data protection on the cloud. Along with this trend, you can expect to see changes in company policies and government regulations that aim to protect data.
AI and machine learning
Artificial intelligence now plays a bigger role in data protection. While humans are still not good at predicting potential attacks and deflecting them before they happen, artificial intelligence technology has become better at detecting attacks before they occur. Can you expect AI to be a perfect solution to this threat? Not exactly. While AI is a good additional measure for data security, it is still not a hundred percent secure.
Increased privacy standards
Unused data reduces the stability of databases and increases the cost of data storage. More companies are seeing this as an unnecessary liability now more than ever, and are making moves to limit the amount of unused data that they store. One such measure is to limit cookies on websites. Not only do cookies increase storage volume, but the way that companies manage them can be damaging to visitor trust. The reason for this is that in the event of a data breach, these cookies can be used by hackers to do all sorts of cybercriminal activity with client data.
Similarly, more and more companies are aiming to be more transparent with the way they store client information. It’s a great way to increase trust as well as decrease the risk of a data security disaster.
Better standards for training
This year has seen more people working remotely, which means there are more business activities being done online. And since not all employees are knowledgeable about data protection, everyone who deals with company data must be sufficiently informed on how to use, protect, and store data properly. To do this, sufficient training should be provided for all employees, not just IT staff.
No amount of data protection training can eliminate the threat of a data breach. With that in mind, employees should know what to do in case of an attack, regardless of how unlikely that risk may be. With the help of your IT staff, come up with a reliable plan on how to handle data breaches when they occur, and disseminate this information to all of your employees.
These trends are likely to shape data security as we know it now and in the coming years. With 2020 ending, we can expect security measures to become more sophisticated, modern, and well-embraced by organizations across all industries.