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Data protection ‘must be a priority’

The protection of electronic information should be at the heart of all business activities, a data recovery expert has stated.

MJ Shoer, president and virtual chief technology officer of Jenaly Technology Group, told Sea Coast Online that a recent high-profile case in the US of a former official at the Inland Revenue Service losing a significant number of emails and the implication this has had for the government has highlighted the need for all businesses to operate an effective data backup and recovery programme.

Being able to effectively restore one’s data should a failure or breach occur is essential for the smooth running of any business and therefore investing in both the best personnel and equipment to facilitate this aim is a must.

Ms Shoer argued that bringing in a third party provider to deliver effective data archiving and recovery could be an ideal solution for many firms, as this allows them to focus on their day-to-day tasks while leaving the complex job of data management to those who have the necessary expertise.

Furthermore, it is important for businesses never to simply discard old equipment once it is past its useful life for a firm, as these devices could contain potentially sensitive or private data that must not be allowed to enter the public domain.

In order to achieve this, enlisting the services of a third party could once again be the answer, as these experts can effectively ensure all data is deleted from drives before they are allowed to be recycled.

Ms Shoer concluded: “With electronic data growing at unprecedented rates, it’s critical that you examine all possible exposures to your business and understand your responsibilities. To not do so is negligent and can lead to bad press, or worse.

“Take time to talk with your IT professionals and put plans and systems in place to protect your business.”

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From: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/data-protection-must-be-a-priority783.aspx

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