Good Practice

Good Practice covers a range of topics.

Information Security

Database Information Security is really about confidentiality, integrity, availability, and authenticity. This means making sure that your data is only exposed to authorised persons, making sure that it's not been tampered with, making sure that you can reliably access the data, and that the data has not been tempered with. Getting all of these consistently right is not easy, especially when third parties are determined to exploit or damage you.

Hardware Security

Your PC's need to be protected from all the usual hazards- theft, fire, flood, voltage spikes. You also need to protect them from being physically accessed by unauthorised personnel as it is easy for them to install very small "key loggers" that record your passwords and anything you type into the PC. Once they have done this, it is unlikely to take long to access your data.

Your server is even more vulnerable than desktop PC's in that it is more valuable and contains all your data. Take even greater care to protect it (or them).

Data Islands

Every company with multiple computers risks finding that members of staff are storing work-related data in their own folders. It might be that one person is keeping a spreadsheet of product measurements (eg diameters), and that another keeps a log of product failures and complaints. Both might be working well, but it is very difficult to find how one set of data ties into the other, for example, larger diameters might be less reliable. Eliminating data islands is important.

Application Software

Your software must meet the needs of your business. There are so many companies using inappropriate or poor quality software. Do someone need to copy data and format it in Excel to get the information you need? How much does that cost- and if they are unavailable, does anyone else know how to do it?

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