In the current business environment, the burden of regulatory compliance, coupled with the constant risk of hack attacks and insider threats, has forced many businesses to rethink their data management strategy–including being more aggressive about identifying and deleting low-value data. The prevailing sentiment among experts interviewed by CIO.com is this: Why hold onto data you don’t need (or are mandated to retain) when all it does is increase your security and compliance risk?
One database security guru estimates that about a third of data stored in your data center is likely redundant, obsolete or trivial. In other words, it’s of little strategic or business value, relative to the risks it may hold. One panel member, an internet-and-privacy attorney, went so far as to call such data ‘toxic,’ comparing it to spent uranium rods. “Mishandling either will get you sued,” he cautions.
So, what data types pose the most risk and how can you bolster your current deletion strategy?
Of course, the best advice will come from an IT Managed Services Provider. But most experts consider information about former employees, customers and strategic partners to be very high risk. It can contain personally identifiable or sensitive account information that crooks find alluring, yet offers little legitimate incentive for retention. Other examples in the high-risk/low-reward category include sample data used in production development and testing settings; data associated with obsolete, out-of-date or unused legacy infrastructure; and of course, plain-text password files. Strengthen your 2020 data deletion strategy by calling TeamLogic IT today.