Did you know that today is Data Privacy Day? It’s an international holiday that occurs every year on the 28th of January, and whose purpose is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It is currently observed in the United States, Canada, Israel and 47 European countries.
Data privacy these days has become a hot topic of discussion, what with GDPR recently being enforced on major companies like Facebook and Google, Marriott/Starwood’s disclosure of up to 500 million breached data records, and California’s sweeping data privacy law enacted in June 2018. In the spirit of the holiday, we’ll offer some tips you can use to help keep your data secure.
We can’t say it enough! If this isn’t something you have already done, go do it. Two factor (or multi factor) is one of the easiest security measures you can take. No really, go do it. We recommend using a passcode generated by a security app such as Google Authenticator or Duo Security instead of the standard SMS text where possible.
Software updates are designed to address security vulnerabilities, bugs and other issues that may affect performance or the integrity of data stored in the application. Paying attention and following these updates can help ensure that the software you run is working to protect you against the latest known vulnerabilities. However, there are some scenarios where installing the latest patches as soon as they are released may not make sense. In these cases, it’s important to have disaster recovery and offsite backup plans in place to ensure minimal data loss when you’re ready to install the new software.
The important thing to remember is that checking off these steps doesn’t mean you can assume you’re now fail proof against hackers and can rest easy until next year. Cybersecurity is something that requires constant diligence and re-evaluation. Depending on your situation (personal privacy or that of your business), security is actually quite complex and can involve multiple departments including risk, governance, security and IT.
Data privacy isn’t to be taken lightly, but that doesn’t mean it has to be overwhelming either. If you need help securing your data and ensuring its integrity remains intact, you don’t have to go it alone. We offer secure cloud, disaster recovery and data protection solutions that are compliant with a variety of regulations including HIPAA, PCI, SOC 2 and ISO 27001.
Otava provides the secure, compliant hybrid cloud solutions demanded by service providers, channel partners and enterprise clients in compliance-sensitive industries. By actively aggregating best-of-breed cloud companies and investing in people, tools, and processes, Otava’s global footprint continues to expand. The company provides its customers in highly regulated disciplines with a clear path to transformation through its effective solutions and broad portfolio of hybrid cloud, data protection, disaster recovery, security and colocation services, all championed by an exceptional support team. Learn more at www.otava.com.