Safe data storage is a critical element of any business IT strategy. It involves identifying, mitigating and securing sensitive or confidential data available to those who need it.
The most important and fundamental aspect of storing data safely is to ensure that the physical security of a storage location, file or record is as secure as possible to protect against unauthorized access by outside attackers or insiders. It is important to use access controls based on role to restrict the extent of a person’s access rights. It also includes using a system to record the removal and reentry of records, in order to prevent data being removed or retrieved by unauthorised users.
Another important aspect of safe data storage is the use of a strong password that protects all records. Passwords should be difficult to guess and should not be shared or placed on desks where they will easily be found.
Finally, the use of immutable storage is a great method to stop bad actors from altering the data stored on disks SSDs and the cloud. This is achieved by using encryption in conjunction along with other security features such as traffic profiling or machine learning-based security systems to prevent data loss.
Of course, no data storage system is secure however the goal should be to make it as hard to hack as it is so that the cost to hackers is higher than the value of compromised data. A robust IT infrastructure will include regular updates to operating systems and software. It will also have an extensive security system to block unauthorized users from accessing storage systems.