Data management is a critical component of deploying IT systems effectively. It ensures the accuracy and accessibility of your organization’s data. Thus, a strong data management system can enhance data processes and increase the overall value of your business information. The right solution should ensure scalability, reliability, and security of your data.
One of the core objectives of data management is to minimize risks associated with processing data. Today, data is being created and consumed at unprecedented rates. As the velocity of data exchanges accelerates and the sheer volume of our information stores continues to grow, it will be more important than ever to deploy solutions that the right data management practices are in place.
Effective data management is integral to companies of all sizes and across all industries and provides the following key benefits.
With data lakes becoming increasingly vast, it’s more difficult for the right people to find the right information at the right times. Data management helps organizations quickly and confidently access the data they need, improving the company’s overall productivity and organization.
Data management can reduce potential errors with the creation of sound policies and processes for data use. Moreover, when people can access the right data more efficiently, there’s greater trust in the fact that the data being used for decision making is accurate and up-to-date.
With thorough data management, you can protect your company and its people against data theft and breaches. Solutions like authentication and encryption tools prevent sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands. Security-focused data management also keeps company information backed up and retrievable, so you’ll always have access to the data you need when you need it.
To meet these objectives, IT ArchiTeks offers the following data management services.
True Business Continuity Planning
Business continuity plans act as a system of prevention and recovery from possible threats. From a data standpoint, our team will compile safeguards to protect against cyber-attacks, as well as protocols to act promptly in the event a disaster should ever strike. We also provide complete disaster recovery planning so plans are in place for every possible scenario.
Backup Verification and Reporting
Within data management, we often hear that your data is only as good as your last backup. Yet, if your backup can’t actually be used to recover your database, it’s useless. That’s why we perform backup verifications, including periodic testing of the restore process. Both manual backup testing and automated backup verifications can be performed through a number of tests to ensure your data, applications, and other key assets are not only backed up, but retrievable.
High-Value Data Encryption (At Rest)
Encryption at rest is a security measure that protects static data against threats of cyber-attacks. Data stored in any digital form is known as data at rest. Instead of being moved between network points or devices, it’s inactive, and is not being accessed by any employee, tool, service, or third-party. It may be found in the cloud, hard and SSD drives, and in database servers, among other locations. This type of data is one of the most common targets for hackers. It’s often organized by meaningful file names, and typically contains some of the most valuable business information cyber-criminals would want, such as personally identifiable information (PII) for customers or employees, financial documents from past transactions, intellectual property, healthcare data, and contracts.
To safeguard data at rest, we use encryption which scrambles data into ciphertext. This renders the information useless to a hacker unless they can obtain the decryption key, which is a much more complex and resource-consuming process than accessing unencrypted data. Encrypting high-value data at rest is therefore a powerful means of reducing the risk of data breaches.
Automatic backups back up your company’s data without the need for any human intervention, thereby reducing the risk of human error as well as the administrative burden of keeping your data safe. Backups run in the background and are set up according to your preferences. Data is then automatically transferred to a backup server, saving time and resources. We also deploy solutions to check for backup failures on a 24/7 basis.
Secure Data Storage in Multiple Locations
One critical aspect of secure data storage is keeping it in separate offsite locations. Through an automatic nightly offsite transfer, your data is sent to a remote location. This way, even if one data storage location is compromised, you’ll still have other means of accessing your organization’s most critical asset.
RTO & RPO Targets Managed
RTO refers to Recovery Time Objective, and measures how soon an application must be available again following an outage. RPO stands for Recovery Point Objective, and refers to how much data loss an application can withstand. We’ll work with your organization to establish RTO and RPO objectives and ensure these targets are met should an outage occur.
Entrust our team of experts to oversee your data management with precision so you can have the confidence that your company’s most valuable information remains accessible and available. Discuss your business’s data management needs by contacting our team.