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Robust Tools to Enhance Data Storage Security for Small Businesses

By CIOReview | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Numerous high-profile data breaches at major organizations ranging from banks to retailers have brought data security a top-of-mind apprehension for organizations of all sizes these days. However, while the bigger firms garner the biggest news headlines, the small businesses and startups—those with typically newer and less fool-proof security infrastructure and few if any security specialists on staff—often make easier targets. Data storage should be safeguarded in the SMBs to eliminate the future risk of information being susceptible to external factors. Storage security directly deals with the security issues around the storage architecture and the data shared on it. However, a question arises, how do we do that? The answer is simple: Choose or opt for the right data storage security tools to detect the vulnerabilities.

The importance of securing stored data in SMBs

Securing stored data involves preventing unauthorized access from the people as well as forbidding accidental destruction and corruption. Moreover, safeguarding sensitive and securing confidential information in the business remains a high priority. Organizations storing critical business information about the business, personal information about employees, clients and associates may even impact national security. However, maintaining integrity and confidentiality in the data is mandatory, failure to comply results in fines or criminal charges on the organization.

Since, data of any kind are equally sensitive, it is likely more important to classify data based on its sensitivity and further protect it accordingly. The list of data enabling robust security includes: Trade secrets, financial information of businesses, Information relating to individuals personal data such as employees or customers phone numbers, date of birth, salary and social security numbers. Furthermore, the details referring to legal matters such as lawsuits, purchase negotiations and contracts.

Key elements in data storage security

Understanding the security risks in the information asset and data stored, is the key element in data storage security. The types of risks dealt includes; both the physical access to the systems and logical access; determining the person who has access to the operating systems. However, the associated risks should be analyzed or interpreted granularly and should also be protected based on the security value of confidentiality, integrity and availability. To put differently, how confidential is the data, how important it is protect the data and who can avail the data.               

List of data storage security tools for SMBs

Since online security becomes a major concern in every organizations, large businesses needs redundant measures to secure their data. While, small businesses stick to a less secure, data storage security tools for their needs, as well as their budgets.

LANguard and QualysGuard

LANguard is promisingly referred to as a low cost vulnerability scanner that helps in tackling storage security problems for small businesses. It further monitors a network by scanning connected machines and also provides information about each computer. Moreover, the scanner can also detect registry issues and create a report in HTML format.

Qualysguard on the other hand delivers critical security intelligence through automating auditing, compliance and protection for internet systems, networks, and web applications. The prices of these tools vary from several hundred dollars to as much as thousand dollars according to the licenses that organizations choose.  

Acunetix web vulnerability scanner and N-stalker web application security scanner

Internet is becoming a lucrative target for attackers mainly resulting in theft of sensitive corporate data, credit cards, and customer information. To resolve this issue, Acunetix web vulnerability audits the website security against web-related weaknesses in the store environment such as default passwords, login mechanism flows and SQL injection.

The frequent web vulnerabilities can be addressed using N-Stalker web application security scanner. The user can choose the target to test which include a Web URL and IP address of the system. After the completion of the scan, N-stalker web application provides a detailed report of the issues that needs to be addressed.

Identity Finder

When it comes to small businesses, marking the weakness and vulnerabilities do not end the overall process. In fact, it should focus on figuring out vital sensitive information that might possess greater information risks; where identity finder comes into the picture. It scans the user’s hard drive to look for sensitive information, including possible credit card numbers and passwords. The program also deals with the data, such as shredding the file, encrypting and quarantining it.

After all, maintaining robust data storage security should include a mix of policies and procedures along with technical solutions and training. The storage security strategy inbuilt with a data acquisition policy should also be in line with data retention and data protection regimes to meet the information lifecycle of the data. Looking at the technical solutions, the data should be encrypted by means of NAS or SAN which can be looked upon by managing the encryption keys. In addition, enabling data deduplication can eliminate the need for storing duplicate data and will further end up saving and storing a lot of data.