Unified communications rely on networks, cloud technology and remotely accessed data to function. This is all brilliant stuff and instantly changes the way you work. But, it’s essential to have a robust data protection policy in place to keep all that information safely locked away.
Data protection is good business practice and also a legal requirement that businesses keep personal data secure. This is especially true with GDPR coming into force in May. This new legislation will place extra controls on the use and processing of customer data.
There are some key ways in which you can get robust data protection in place. Here are our tips on how to protect your online data from hackers.
Encryption for data protection
This is currently one of the most common and effective data protection methods. Skype has just announced that it will be rolling out end-to-end encryption in its private conversations function. WhatsApp also hit the headlines when it introduced encryption in 2016. Data encryption means that only people with a secret decryption key or password can access that information. Appropriate data loss prevention software can look after this for you. This will offer data protection across your devices, particularly for online messaging, video conferencing and document sharing. With the right collaborative technology, such as Cisco’s suite of products, data protection is built right into the fabric of the network. This not only ticks the legal boxes but also combats risk, exceed user expectations and stand out amongst the competition.
Protect your data from malware
Malware sets out to deliberately infect your network and overcome your data protection strategies. It comes in a number of forms but the most renowned are viruses, spyware and ransomware. Malware accesses your network through lots of methods such as by opening an infected email attachment or visiting a corrupt website. Antivirus software and firewalls are there to prevent this sort of attack from happening. The hackers behind these scripts are usually after a company’s intellectual property or customer’s personal information, such as passwords or bank details. Malware modifies all the time to try and break through firewalls but regular software updates protect your data against this type of threat.
Do it yourself.
A company should never be complacent about its data protection. Review your strategy, backup everything, seek expert advice, invest in safeguarding systems, train your staff on spotting a threat and stay vigilant. It takes a combination of data protection strategies across your networks and cloud to truly safeguard your network.
At eaziUC, we take data protection seriously. So, that means that your unified communications remain just that – yours. Contact us to find out more.