Data Protection for the SMB

Simon Anderson, Product Marketing Manager, Tape Products, Tandberg Data

For many organisations, data protection is something they are convinced is not a problem until the day it becomes a problem. Many businesses and government bodies across Europe, for example, have been forced to introduce more stringent data protection measures due to embarrassing data losses. Most IT security experts would consider these measures no more than standard best practices -- such as consistent backups, encryption, data classification, basic information governance procedures and offsite archiving.

In addition, more and more employees are using their own devices for work applications which means that organizations may be more vulnerable to data loss due to these unprotected mobile devices. And, although cloud services are becoming more prevalent, businesses need to know that the cloud is susceptible to service failure as in the case of Amazon’s recent loss of power in the U.S. due to a large thunderstorm (detailed in this Washington Post blog).

Or think about the large Japanese company whose network was hacked into last year. That incident exposed the details of 100 million users, leading to reparative work running into hundreds of millions of dollars as well as a huge hit to the company’s share price.

In summary, the management and protection of data is critical to the future success of every small and medium-sized organisation. This means that IT leaders must do what it takes to guarantee that their data will be in their hands at all times when they need it the most.

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