There’s a lot more information to keep track of now than there ever has been for businesses, as new data is created by the second. The advent of big data means more strands of sensitive information are coming in and out of the average business at a rate most people never imagined could be possible. Now it seems like a necessity to have an online database that is able to be accessed from multiple mediums, platforms and mobile devices.
The Age of Digital Information report from TrackVia showcases just how important this is for businesses, as it shows that nearly half of all business information is currently being stored outside of a firewall. More than 25 percent of businesses say that unprotected information is a large factor in data breaches, making unprotected data one of the largest liabilities at a company. A single leak could lead to thousands, or perhaps even millions, of dollars of damage for any organization.
This unprotected information isn’t coming from a single source, either. The report found that 14 percent of business information is stored on a smartphone or tablet with 28 percent being accessed on mobile devices. Three out of 10 of these businesses have had their confidential information exposed due to the theft or loss of mobile devices showing that chances are fairly good that a simple breach can lead to some complex problems for organizations of all sizes.
How An Online Database Can Help
An online database comes into play when businesses realize just how dangerous storing information straight onto a device can be. Instead of keeping information on tablets and smartphones, it can be in an online database secured behind a firewall. Privacy may be a worry for organizations, as the infographic notes that products like Google Glass, technology like geotracking and public cloud computing applications are eroding the feeling of privacy, but there can be processes put in place to help make sure data stays safe.
In order to protect information when being used as part of an online database, the TrackVia report suggests businesses stay consistent by setting up policies to enforce the security of their information, know their data and remove any duplicates that may exist, support the growth of the business by having a flexible infrastructure and be agile with even the most sensitive data. When done properly, online databases can give organizations all of the efficiency and productivity improvements they need, but there must be emphasis put on the safety of data.