Data Storage: Avoiding Data Storage Nightmares: 10 Tips for SMBs

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-21
 
 
 

Avoiding Data Storage Nightmares: 10 Tips for SMBs

by Chris Preimesberger

Avoiding Data Storage Nightmares: 10 Tips for SMBs

Your Server Dies and the Backup Is a Month Old

Make sure you set up alerts the first day you install a backup, and check to see that your backups are working at all times. With critical business data, consider augmenting your backup process with a disaster recovery strategy.

Your Server Dies and the Backup Is a Month Old

Suddenly Youre Out of Storage Space

Data, whether structured in databases or unstructured in file systems, always grows faster than you think. Make sure your storage is at less than 70 percent utilization and take proactive steps to monitor storage growth and understand what's being stored and what can be moved, tiered or archived.

Suddenly Youre Out of Storage Space

Sensitive Company Data Stolen by an Outside Hacker

Use external security consultants to verify that your data protection initiatives stand up to outside threats.

Sensitive Company Data Stolen by an Outside Hacker

You Just Found Out Youre Being Audited

First, take a deep breath. Then establish a process that highlights your organization's data governance policy.

You Just Found Out Youre Being Audited

CEOs Laptop Stolen

Encryption or remote wipe. They're the only things you can do, aside from chaining the laptop to your CEO's arm.

CEOs Laptop Stolen

Malware and Rootkitson Your Network

Use a tool that will find contraband files and will alert you. This is an ongoing battle.

Malware and Rootkitson Your Network

Your Google Docs Get Exposed to the Outside World

If you're using a cloud provider such as Google Docs make sure your Google Docs are not shared with the Internet. Find a workable software platform to secure Google Docs and other cloud applications.

Your Google Docs Get Exposed to the Outside World

Your Payroll Data Becomes Open to Everyone in the Company

Employ a "least privileged access policy" so only approved users and groups are granted permissions to data.

Your Payroll Data Becomes Open to Everyone in the Company

A Departing Employee Leaves with Company Secret Data

Audit file activity to know if and when a departing employee has copied data before leaving.??í

A Departing Employee Leaves with Company Secret Data

Data Is Not Accessible to Remote Users

Use a??ísecure cloud service to make sure important data is accessible to everyone.??í

Data Is Not Accessible to Remote Users

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