When Internet Solutions launched back in 1993, the World Wide Web was in its infancy. Over the next decade, we would dramatically grow our customer base and install communication cables connecting South Africa with the United States. Between 2003 and today, we’ve opened offices in various locations across Africa, launched a state-of-the-art green data centre (an African first) and significantly expanded our product and service offerings.
We’ve learnt a lot since then. A key learning has been around the importance of creating a business model that is adaptable and is designed with future growth in mind. Modern businesses that aren’t looking to the future run the risk of missing out on profitable opportunities. Particularly as markets become more competitive. With data being a hot topic on any digital business’ agenda, it’s important to understand how their data management, governance and security needs evolve as the business grows.
Here are our top tips for developing a truly scalable data security strategy:
Build relationships and a strong team
Security is no longer just the responsibility of the IT department. This is especially true when you consider how many data breaches are a result of human error or carelessness from internal staff. It’s essential that everyone in the organisation – from top executives down to the office secretary – understands the importance of keeping data safe. This comes down to training; so that all departments have the knowhow to adequately align any scalability plans with their unique goals.
Identify and authorise everything
There’s no denying that as businesses get larger, processes become more complex. Managing more people, greater workloads and new business processes can be a tough ask. To mitigate the potential pitfalls of scaling up, all potential problems must be discussed and policies should be put in place to prevent these issues. When everyone understands what is required of them, and what procedures they need to adhere to, security policies are likely to be more effective.
Measure and improve
Consider for a moment how the world has changed in the last 5, 10 or 15 years? Now think for a moment about the many learning curves we’ve all had to endure to adapt to these changes. From a business perspective, it’s important to remember that an ever-changing society means that you’re going to have to test things out and you’re probably going to have to try a few times before you get things right. Don’t be afraid to iterate. As data governance requirements, security threats and the market evolve, you’ll have to find new and interesting ways to adapt to these changes.
With a range of data centres to choose from in locations spanning from London to SA, our co-location facilities offer a high level of data security on a redundant infrastructure. To find out all the ins and outs about colocation, download our data centre guide.