As a business with an online presence in the form of websites and social media marketing, you are certainly collecting your customer and user data. As commonly cliched, data is the gold of the 21st century. From it, enterprises derive insights that answer the ‘where, how, when, and what the business entails.’
Notably, the ready availability of online databases makes it even easier for enterprises to derive insights with even more gusto than ever before to inform their decision-making processes. From the data storing, tracking, and organizing capabilities accorded by online database infrastructure; companies can seamlessly track their interaction. Predict sales trends. Foster better customer service. Generate new leads and achieve much more.
However, despite proving almost pathologically helpful in collecting and managing enterprise data; Online databases present a potential security target. That if compromised can significantly damage the reputation of a business.
How safe is your online database?
According to a report on the status of data security between 2010 and 2025 published by Statista. The number of unprotected global data requiring security is projected to rise from 25% to 45% between 2015 and 2025. This tells that as the years unfold, consumer data stored across various online platforms will be more vulnerable to hackers. Hence consumer data could be more jeopardized.
Some of the standard indications that define the safety of your business online database, even as threats from malicious parties exponentially grow over the years, include:
1) Robust database infrastructure
If considered as a single entity, the security of a database can be analyzed from its infrastructure. The best practices in terms of policies, architecture, and operation procedures define a good database infrastructure.
Encoding data ensures that the data remains hidden from access by unauthorized entities, and useless even upon access by malicious parties. Encrypting data on transit, and data at rest ensures that the data is not only safe while being moved between the servers and client endpoints, but also while stored in the database.
To avoid a single point of failure, it is good practice to store the same data more than once in a database. A high redundancy gives secure room for seamlessly replacing a component that has been compromised. For instance, having multiple databases mitigates against database failure since the other databases can step in once the one in action is compromised. The mitigation is even better when the databases are established in different geographical locations.
4) Data privacy and access policies
The same amount of attention given to the database infrastructure and architecture is the same amount of responsiveness that should be accorded data privacy and security policies. Individual policies, such as access logging and team policies such as support access, must be clearly outlined. Additionally, when and how obsolete data is destroyed should also be clearly stated in the policies.
Backups are safety nets of a business’s data. When data in the database is accidentally deleted or even compromised, then copies of the data together with the changes it has undergone over time come in handy. A backup plan that captures active backups, manual backups, and archives redundantly is, therefore, essential.