Every year companies invest resources on data collection, and employees spend countless hours mulling over that data to make informed business decisions like how to market to their target audience or where to expand the business. But how much time do they spend thinking about the best data protection solution for their organization? Will just any data protection solution get the job done?

The short answer is no. Data protection solutions aren’t one size fits all. If you want effective protection, it is imperative that you align your data protection strategy with your unique use cases and business goals.

Here are a few things to consider when creating a data protection strategy:

  • Identify your organization’s objectives and standards. Are there security policies or regulatory controls in place? Compile and document this information. If your organization does not have security policies in place, it is important to do so. Cyberattacks happen every day to large and small companies alike.
  • Outline roles and responsibilities of people within your organization. Who should have access to secure information, and why? As a best practice, you want to limit who has access to secure information to minimize risk and liability. If access to secure data is not necessary, block user access.
  • Know your security risks. Don’t underestimate your organization’s vulnerability. Most importantly, don’t forget to factor in human risk. Technology isn’t your only line of defense. Have your employees received security training? Do they know how to field suspicious inquiries? If you don’t have a security training program for your employees, create one. Education is key to preventing security missteps.
  • Review or create an acceptable use policy. More employees are working from home than ever before, and with that comes a new set of risks they need to be aware of. Regardless of an employee’s work location, it’s always a good idea to have an acceptable use policy that outlines practical rules they must follow and explains why your organization has compliance standards in place as required by law, industry regulations or otherwise. If you already have an acceptable use policy in place, revisit the policy to ensure that it encompasses all the legal requirements your organization and employees must adhere to.
  • Determine your data utilization, and backup and storage requirements. It is critical that you have a good handle on the types of data your organization is collecting so you can verify that the data security you have in place suits the type of data you handle. You’ll also want to evaluate if you have adequate storage capacity, and assess how secure your storage and backup solutions are.

Once you have a solid data protection strategy in place, conduct a thorough assessment of the current state of your backup environment and associated challenges, identify your business drivers if you’re considering changing a current solution, and review the goals and vision for data protection at your organization. Sirius’ Data Protection and Information Management (DPIM) team offer a two-part, 90-minute, vendor-agnostic Data Protection Scorecard Workshop at no cost to your organization.

The workshop can help you determine if your existing solution(s) or a different one best aligns with your current and future business needs. Sirius’ DPIM consultants will compare product features from industry-leading vendors to provide you with a detailed understanding of the available products. Information gathered during the workshop can then be used as input for a solution design and making an informed decision.

The second part of the workshop includes a scorecard review where you and a Sirius architect select the must-have and nice-to-have data protection features and capabilities required by your company. Then, you’ll review your selections and final scores to identify which of our vendor partners’ solutions best align with your business requirements.

What is a Sirius Data Protection Scorecard?

Sirius’ Data Protection Scorecard is a collection of over 400 of the most common requirements around data protection conveniently delivered in an Excel workbook, allowing for statistical comparison between each solution and your specific requirements. The Scorecard information is regularly validated through frequent meetings with each of our partners as well as independent testing within Sirius’ dedicated data protection lab, saving your organization time and resources.

If you would like to speak to a Sirius data protection specialist about the Sirius Data Protection Scorecard Workshop, please speak with your Sirius representative or contact us directly at dpim@siriuscom.com.