Wednesday 25 April 2012
Data is increasingly becoming the crown jewels of any business, one expert has claimed.
Alex Rabbetts, managing director of Migration Solutions, said it is of "paramount importance" that confidential information is kept safe.
He commented that threats to the security of data come from many sources, with a third of breaches coming from inside the organisation.
"If the servers are housed in your own data centre or computer room, make sure you know who has access to it," Mr Rabbetts advised.
"Ensure that the room is secure with proper controls on entry - a key code that is never changed is simply not enough."
He called on business leaders to review the procedure for access on a regular basis and ensure that there is an audit trail of access.
In addition, companies should disable universal serial bus (USB) access on all devices, the expert claimed.
This is because the most common method of internal data theft is to copy it to a large USB device, he noted.
"Have strict controls on who has access to what data – including the IT staff," Mr Rabbetts urged.
"From a logical perspective, up to date anti-virus software and strong firewall policies will protect against external threats, but only strong process and procedure will protect against internal data theft."
Posted by Alex Boardman