How to Protect Your Mission Critical Data a series of large-scale data breaches lighting up news headlines, cyber security is proving to be a major ongoing concern for corporations of all sizes. According to a recent report, the number of cyber attacks has grown exponentially in the last few years, and hackers are using increasingly complex and sophisticated methods.

For businesses, keeping mission critical data safe is absolutely essential. Allowing private information to become public could result in court cases and damage your company’s credibility and reputation. But where do you store all of this data, and how do you ensure that it is safe — and accessible?

You could store mission critical data on computers, or keep it locked away in filing cabinets for safety. But are these actually the best ways to store your most important information? Fortunately, new technology presents an array of possible solutions. Biometrics, cloud storage, and data storage centers provide several options for protecting mission critical data.


As passwords become less effective at preventing thieves and scammers from accessing important data, companies are exploring alternative methods for protecting their files. Biometrics is one possibility — this type of technology identifies human characteristics such as facial patterns or thumb prints for authentication purposes.

But whether the use of biometrics will replace passwords as a safe way of storing information is a matter of debate. Because biometrics is still in the early stages of development, these systems may be prone to error.

Cloud Storage

The cloud computing industry has made enormous strides in a relatively short period of time and has different uses across many applications. Many users prefer cloud-based solutions because they are cost-effective and easy to use.

Although there has been some negative press surrounding cloud storage security, cloud storage is often an effective, convenient option for data storage, especially for small businesses. By storing information offsite under a cloud provider agreement, companies limit the chance of an attack, and their data is backed up in case of a disaster.

Data Storage Centers

Many companies are turning to data storage as a means for keeping information both secure and accessible. A variety of storage companies offer high-level security for your documents — Kelly’s Data Storage is one such example. These data storage centers ensure your data is protected but also accessible to those who require it, whenever it is needed. 

Data storage centers typically deliver and collect your data in purpose-built protective cases that you can load, seal, and catalogue before they are stored. While in storage, your documents will be controlled through a secure online management system, alarm monitoring, temperature and humidity controlled environments, and state-of-the-art fire protection and suppression systems. This means that your mission critical data is secure from the moment it leaves your hands until the moment it is back in them.

Depending on your data protection needs, any of these methods could work for you.

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Editor's Note:

This post was written by Debbie Fletcher.

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