We are seeing a business phenomenon as a result of our reliance on all kinds of business data resulting in an explosion of information which we are aptly calling Big Data.

It’s like music to the ears of storage vendors but is a reflection of the importance of how information is collected, processed, stored, searched (when you need to find something) and disposed of by businesses.

Protecting corporate data is an emotive subject. Many IT Managers believe their data should be on computers located in their own offices and that they themselves are responsible for looking after it.

Contrast this belief with that of CEO, CFO and CIO, all of whom would much rather their company data was stored in an expensively designed and well run data centre, if it is owned and run by a third party they can trust.

Big data is causing more and more business leaders to review where they keep their data and, increasingly, they are prepared to entrust others to secure it for them, much like a bank looks after your cash.

Accessing this data from the growing number of devices that business people use these days creates interesting challenges. It encourages them to think differently about their data, sometimes becoming less precious about storing and accessing it on their own premises.

Securing expertise

It is advised that all UK businesses have security policies in place that govern how employees access and use data, clearly detailing what they can and cannot do with corporate confidential information. But having a professional security expert on premise does not always make commercial sense and indeed many smaller firms may struggle to justify such costs.

Often when security specialists leave a company they become increasingly difficult to replace, as they may take their knowledge and expertise with them which is time-consuming and costly to replace. Finding experts with the breadth of security skills to cover all systems and technologies is a “big ask”.

The best protection comes from having the right policies in place, educating and training staff to understand the threats presented by the internet, and utilising technology to act as a safety net against attacks and human error. Having support systems that duplicate, back-up and restore data when primary systems experience problems is a critical part of a business continuity plan.

The simple truth

Having your data in a multi-million pound facility that is custom-made to hold and protect your data while providing secure access across all users, wherever they may be, has to be the best option. Such service providers have invested in the absolute best physical and digital security measures and systems to make life easy and secure for their customers.

They have some of the most experienced and qualified people in the industry supporting their systems 24/7, covering every aspect of data and communications. It’s difficult for the many medium sized and smaller businesses in the UK to replicate their levels of availability, accessibility, and security. It makes sense to let managed service providers do the hard work and help your organisation to benefit from their significant and ongoing investments.