Why and how your company should stop neglecting data storage
With data protection legislation changes looming and cyber security threats on the rise, it is crucial that organisations ensure their data is stored, managed and secured in the right way. This can be a huge challenge for organisations; understanding the impact of neglecting data storage is one of the first steps in securing data and becoming compliant.
How your company can stop neglecting data storage
1. Create and practice data storage and security policies
Data storage and security policies should be reviewed on an annual basis. User access and data retention should also be reviewed yearly, as these two aspects of storage are constantly changing. This exercise forces users to decide which data is needed and allows optimisation of storage resources, as well as teaching users the correct procedures and practise for storing data. With the upcoming GDPR changes, this is vital to ensure business compliance and will also increase the performance and efficiency of business operations.
2. Record your storage resources and assess them for use
All businesses should have an up to date IT asset management system, used for tracking all assets. Storage should be one of the first areas to see if its being underutilised or not used at all. If you find a storage resource that is obsolete, you should get rid of it and increase areas of utility elsewhere.