Data Protection - Security of Personal Information

Computers & TechnologySite Security

  • Author Edward Robin
  • Published February 16, 2012
  • Word count 437

Every organization holds masses of digital data in its on-site as well as off-site storage mediums. The information it stores can be comprised of a significant portion of personally identifiable data and confidential corporate information.

All organizations should deploy appropriate security measures in place to guard the privacy of the personal information they hold. The Data Protection Act 1998 (the "Act") requires that: "Personal information should be protected against unlawful or unauthorized use or disclosure, accidental loss, destruction or damage." An organization that fails to effectively protect the information it holds will be in breach of the Act

This article identifies some of the practical security measures which organizations of all sizes should be considering in order to achieve an adequate level of security.

Level of Protection Required:

To determine which security measure is appropriate, organizations should consider following facts:

• The value and sensitivity of the data they store;

• The probable consequences of any security breach and its impact in terms of reputation loss, financial loss or integrity damage; and

• The possibility of damage to individuals in case of a security breach.

The level of security required will always depend on an organization’s particular circumstances.

Organizations go to great lengths to protect valuable data that’s on paper and disks. They’re kind of assets kept in locked doors and vaults.

Yet, organizations often fail to adequately protect digital information on their IT networks and hard drives-Information that is increasingly vulnerable to accidental loss and theft because of its confidentiality and organization dependency.

Much of the data so critical to organization is highly sought by cyber criminals. This includes social security numbers, credit card numbers, confidential health records and bank account records, competitive intelligence and proprietary company information.

We are all aware of the potential harm data breaches can inflict on businesses, agencies, health care organizations and schools as well as the individual involved.

Now, to solve these challenges businesses need to dig deeper. A two-in-one data protection solution is what you need if you find yourself in a similar situation. The above scenario may not be as farfetched as you may think at first. Software that allows you to encrypt your data but also makes backups of that data to your exclusive online storage account. The subscription service, when used in conjunction with Folder Lock 7 Encryption feature, offers the greater benefits of a simultaneous, automatic and real-time encryption and backup, providing both secure backup & recovery redundancy and the fastest data protection without the high cost. Your backups are stored online in a remote location, a cloud fully secured via government-grade encryption in a physically secured location.

Edward robin is an associate marketing content developer at NewSoftwares Inc. that provides File Security software,

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