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Steps to Detect and Prevent Data Security Breaches from Personal Devices

Steps to Detect and Prevent Data Security Breaches from Personal Devices-When it comes to the majority of companies or any other business organization, their primary and most important assets are not in the physical form and are actually information, stored in a digital manner. In the modern world, data that is stored in the form of flat files, databases, systems for file management, spreadsheets, and similar manners presents potential choke point for any enterprise. Now, property that is of an intellectual nature, monetary transactions, and financial records are just some of the key elements that fuel any business thanks to the fact that information can be seen as the modern currency. This means that organizations of all kinds are using and storing information on a level that was never seen before, mainly utilizing cloud computing. But the same phenomenon opened the way for many additional problems in the domain of data security.
Since 2008, the need for cloud computing storage has grown up to 50% annually and this trend will continue. Things like e-health records and utility grids that use computer management systems mean that the same trend will even become more prominent in the upcoming years. This also means that businesses become even more reliant on information, especially its management, gathering, analyzing, and organizing. The ability to manipulate information means that a business is flexible and better able to react to upcoming trends. But this information needs to be funneled to the organization members that need it so that they can do their jobs. Because of this, cloud computing storage access is necessary for providing this information. Unfortunately, as the value of the collected data rises, so do the dangers and threats that converge around it. Any business that holds information about financial or personal data can be a target for many kinds of attacks.

These attacks are perpetrated by a variety of culprits. These range from malicious individuals to large organizations of international criminal gangs. Many of these have what it takes to circumvent data security and take away all the data they desire without being detected. Other times, untrained employees can accidentally release sensitive data and also produce a calamity for a company. For all those who wonder who is it possible to prevent these intrusions, there is a straightforward set of advice that can stop these breaches of security on any cloud computing network. Here are the steps that are needed to protect any cloud data out there.

Access the network and computing environment:

It is crucial to have a list of all devices, points of access, protocols for data security, levels of encryption, used programs, and users that are allowed access. The same list should be distributed in a very limited fashion and be a constant priority for review and regular updates, which takes place at least 4 time a year.

Establish network access rules that allow on valid access:

All ports on the routers that are not used should be disabled and the same goes for passwords and users that are not active. A two-factor program of authentication should be used and all sessions of the cloud computing system should be used. This should be the rule for all users, while a third violation in a row of an authentication process should include a cool down period in which the port, device or the user should be cut off from the network.

Mechanize and retain detail logs:

All activity on a cloud computing network should be logged and recorded. This procedure should have timestamps and go through firewalls with the purpose of stopping incoming attacks. The logs should also be reviewed and any irregularity should be noted and reported to the relevant structures of the company.

Assume someone is attacking you now:

Using the logs should include a process of comparing them to look for subtle differences in the patterns of logging into the cloud computing system. These patterns could identify the parties that are trying to access the network around its data security protocols. Having outside help in the form of third parties which try to find a way into the system can also help identify the weak spots in the network.

By using these simple rules, any cloud computing system can become a lot safer when it comes to data security.

Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems Inc., a managed data backup and recovery solution company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised IBM ProcTIER business partner in Pacific Northwest.


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