Data is generated in massive quantities each day by people who have access to technology, with an estimated rate of 2.5 quintillion bytes being created daily around the world. With such a large amount of data already existing, and exponentially greater amounts anticipated in the future, it’s critical that not just experts but frequent users of technology understand exactly what happens to their data and how it should be managed in order to maintain data security and prevent cybercrime.
Data doesn’t simply disappear into the ether when it’s generated. It’s stored in a multitude of servers and clouds where it’s archived, analyzed, and processed. Corporations, for instance, are gathering data from consumers in droves to analyze for ways to enhance marketing. Every online form filled out, website visited, Facebook status posted, or email sent counts as data, as does each database accessed, photo saved, or map searched for. Any action or interaction with the internet creates data in some way. Most consumer data is fairly innocuous, as it primarily gets used for learning about personal interests, tastes, habits, and other demographic information.
Never take data storage for granted
Unfortunately, however, critical data is always vulnerable so long as it is intact. Safeguards can be made to prevent hacking and other cybercrime, but it doesn’t mean the data is going to be seen through from start to finish. Although it may appear as though projections that 50,000 GB of data will be produced daily by 2018 would make it less likely for individuals to experience security breaches since there’s so much out there, increasing amounts of data mean increases in attacks. 2015 brought on one of the highest rates of data breaches in recent history, and the risks will continue to rise if proper precautions aren’t taken.
Keeping afloat in a fast-paced world of changes and trends
Businesses have a particular challenge in protecting their data from a breach. Sensitive customer or client information, as well as confidential business information provide ample potential for cybercriminals. Considering the statistics that companies are one of the most at-risk targets, it’s crucial for them to stay ahead of the curve and up-to-date on trends in the data world.
By staying informed about how much data exists and what happens to it, businesses can better educate themselves on the current needs for maintaining security. At this point, no data should sit idly on a server or hard drive without a protocol for security management and theft prevention. Furthermore, considerations should be made for dealing with large quantities of data on storage devices like servers, especially how to migrate critical information safely and properly using ITAD services. Proper data destruction is also an important consideration, since at the end of the life of a mass storage device, computer, or server, the data will remain accessible and open up security risks unless the data is wiped completely.
In entering the next wave of data trends, staying on top of the latest information is an invaluable way of ensuring security, safety, and compliance are met in full.