A new term has sprung up in businesses and other organizations across the United States: big data. Although the term sounds as though it might map exclusively to large organizations, this is far from the case. Small and medium-sized businesses can also find themselves challenged by the need to deal with big data, which simply refers to the gargantuan levels of data that organizations now tend to accumulate in order to conduct their normal operations.
Danny Miller, who serves as a cyber security expert at Grant Thornton, a financial services advisory firm, has succinct words of advice regarding big data: "If you do not need that information, you need to destroy it because it represents a risk to the organizations every day that you keep it."
Miller recommends that organizations follow a six step ‘data security lifecycle’ in order to help them manage big data. In addition to destroying data when it is no longer needed instead of keeping it virtually forever, a decision that requires vast storage resources and represents an ongoing risk to security, organizations will need to create, use, store, archive, and share data on an as-needed basis.
Managed services providers can supply the tools that help to streamline these processes and make them efficient. For example, a cloud storage solution administered by a managed services provider is typically far more resource efficient than local storage maintained on site. For more recommendations about how managed services can help you address the big data challenges in your small or medium sized business, request a consultation today.