Data Management 2

In a past study, IDC and EMC approximated the size of the digital universe (which equals all the digital data created, replicated and consumed in that year) to be 2,837 exabytes (EB) and projects this to grow to 40,000EB by 2020 — doubling every two years. So by 2020, according to IDC and EMC’s research, the digital world will amount to over 5,200GB per individual on the planet. This magnitude of data growth will require extreme amounts of storage capacity to contain the data and best practice strategies to be in place to secure, store, backup, replicate and retain the data content.

Encryption

Many times we have heard on the news of an unencrypted laptop getting lost or stolen and exposing sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, addresses, credit card and other financial information. These types of breaches not only put your company under critical scrutiny but the accountability and fines associated with such loss can be detrimental to your business.

With the growing complexity of networks and the exposure and availability of information over the Internet, it’s crucial to have a defensive strategy in place to protect and manage one of the most valuable assets to your company- your data.   One may not be able to fully stop a hacker from intruding your network but you can play a powerful defense and lock down and protect your data.

PC Professional performs a full audit of all employee’s machines and personal devices to ensure sensitive data is protected and encrypted and installed with the highest standards to maximize protection and provide management capabilities in the case of compromise.

Storage and Backup

As data usage continues to grow exponentially, network administrators will need to choreograph multiple kinds of storage, including cloud and on premise solutions, to optimize capacity, performance, redundancy, cost and power consumption. With the growing mobile workforce and the need to access data from any device anywhere,  it’s been proven  quite challenging, especially when you throw in such initiatives as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and cloud data storage.

Where and how to store the data and how to centrally managed and backup this data are all areas requiring strategic planning and mapping. The layers of security and control cannot be overlooked and the amount of data growth and the ability to backup and restore in case of a disaster require planning and thorough documentation of the process.

PC Professional’s services around data management can open your eyes to potential risks and help develop a plan to better manage and secure your data. Our Data Management Assessment can provide a roadmap to your challenges and address areas of weakness and vulnerabilities when it comes to data control.

Data Retention Policy

A data retention policy is the first step in helping protect an organization’s data and avoid financial, civil and criminal penalties that are associated with poor data management practices. Whether your organization is a publicly traded company, a nonprofit, an educational institution, a medical facility, a financial services firm, a small business, or even a franchise operation, a number of data retention restrictions likely apply to your business. From customer and client data to patient records, organizations face an increasing number of data retention requirements.

PC Professional is aware of seriousness of data retention policies and works hand in hand with our clients in identifying a strategy that will guarantee that sensitive information is stored and archived correctly and legally.