Data Protection is one of the most important tasks faced by any business. Your data can be in different formats and saved on different media - paper, files or a database. No matter where your data resides or in what format your data is, you have to protect it.
This article discusses digital data protection – data stored in any digital format and on any digital medium.
Data protection has to be well thought strategy including hardware and software redundancy, data backup, and data security.
The hardware redundancy is the first step in protecting your data. You can make your applications and data highly available by using clustering and server load balancing. Hardware or software RAID will help you protect your data from hard disk failure.
Data backup should be critical part of your overall data protection strategy. You need data backups in order to restore the protected data in case it is damaged or inaccessible.
There are many software data backup solutions, which will help you protect your data. Some examples of data backup software are Norton Ghost, Handy Backup, Backup MyPC, and Data Protection Manager from Microsoft. Data backup software capabilities vary greatly between vendors and particular products.
Another part of your data protection plan should be securing the data, protecting it from unauthorized access. You can protect your data by enforcing access control policies in the operating system. Another option for securing your data is encrypting the data. You can install hardware or software firewall to protect your system and data from unauthorized access. You can install anti virus software to protect your system from viruses and prevent data damage and loss. You should control the physical access to your server room and/or data center.
Data protection should be part of the overall IT strategy of any business.