Data Protection During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Covid-19 virus danger - Businessman working at safety of home office leaving virus protective mask on desk. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of people and businesses across the globe. From large corporations to mom and pop family stores, many organizations are scrambling just to keep their doors open while balancing their employees’ and customers’ safety. As the COVID-19 outbreak grows, a range of data security threats are posing added risks to businesses. In this blog, we offer tips for protecting your information during the Coronavirus crisis.

Disaster Recovery

Although the terms “emergency preparedness” and “disaster recovery” are often considered synonyms, they are two distinct functions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency preparedness plans have been front and center. An emergency preparedness plan seeks to protect people from harm. For example, during this crisis, business facilities are being reconfigured and work-at-home policies are being administered for increased safety.

A disaster recovery plan seeks to ensure the continuity of business operations during a crisis. Although cybercriminals are always looking for opportunities to steal personal and financial data, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a fresh round of cybersecurity threats, which include Coronavirus phishing scams and “Zoom-bombing.” To protect your business from these threats, your disaster recovery plan must contain provisions for protecting your data.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, keep backing up your operating system copies, application software and other data-related devices. Store your backup copies in a secure offsite location. A media storage room features multiple layers of security and advanced preservation systems to prevent unauthorized access and physical damage to your media assets, including:

  • State-of-the-art entry controls
  • Internal storage cages
  • Climate control technology
  • 360-degree monitored surveillance cameras

Only background-screened and pre-authorized data protection personnel have access to the media storage room. They make sure your backup tapes and media are stored, managed, and tracked with the utmost care.

Remote Working Security

As more employees are working from home, cybercriminals are exploiting remote working security lapses. Make sure your employees are using company-issued or company-approved devices when working from home. They should use a secure virtual private network (VPN) when connecting to your company’s network. To prevent your network from being infected with malware, remind your employees to think before they click on links or download email attachments.

During the COVID-19 crisis, you can’t afford to drop your guard. Protecting your data is more important than ever. The future of your business depends on it.

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CI Information Management provides full-service records and information management in the Tri-Cities, the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, Hermiston, OR, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and nearly everywhere in between.