Today’s world revolves around data and information, especially that which is available online. From the personal details that we use to make purchases to the sensitive data which is stored by businesses and organisations, security is always a pressing issue. So, whether you’re a personal user or a business, what types of digital protection are available for your data?
Whenever you download a program or piece of software, you will usually have to accept an online agreement. This is designed to protect the integrity of you and the party responsible for giving you access to their application. The crux of the agreement is that while you do not own any rights to the application itself, you can demand for certain information to be released if they fail to meet their end of the agreement. This is known as software escrow and is designed to protect both parties.
Software escrow is the equivalent of having a backup system in place. In this case the software escrow is the backup for your original agreement with the supplier of your business software. In addition, it offers its clients technical verification services which allow each client to better understand the exact software deposit details at any time. Similar to this, source code escrow is a vital component for companies that rely heavily on third party software to operate their businesses’ day-to-day activities. It’s imperative that access to such software is made readily available at all times.
Alongside investing in protective systems such as technology escrow, which was designed to protect the intellectual property rights of both software developers and users alike, you need to make sure that your existing security programs are up to scratch. Regular testing is the easiest way to do this and something like penetration testing will fake an attack on your security network to see how it holds up.
Safe surfing practices
Alongside the data protection methods mentioned above, ensuring that you use the internet and your computer safely is perhaps the easiest way to make sure everything is taken care of. Giving sensitive data out to other parties should be strictly forbidden and employers must make sure their employees sign and are aware of the implications of disclosure agreements.
Investing in adequate internet security systems is also recommended so that you can ensure any files stored on your computer or in the cloud are kept safe from prying eyes. Keeping a back-up of data is also recommended but again you’ll need to make sure that this is controlled by strict security measures.
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