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Everything Within Your Mining Operations Produces Data – Is it Safe?

You’ve seen all the stories on the news. – It seems that another big company experiences a major data breach every other month.

Here’s the deal.

Those are only the incidents that make the news.

The fact is, for every breach that hits the newspapers or the nightly news broadcast, there are several smaller companies that have also been the victims of cybercrime.

But that’s not where it ends, is it?

Unfortunately, every company that does business online is targeted by cybercriminals, trying to find gaps in their IT security.

You’ve seen it hundreds of times.

Spam, adware, malware, social engineering, and sketchy websites – they’re all tools that the bad guys use every day to try to poke holes in your cyber defences.

What Should a Mining Corporation Do to Protect Against Data Theft?

We’re not here to scare you.

The bad guys do a good enough job at that all by themselves.

What’s our message?

We’re here to tell you that now is the time to ensure that your data is secured and backed up.

You already know that there are thousands of points of data generated by a modern mine every hour.

Hidden within those sets of data is the gold that can be mined through business analytics to give you a better grasp on the function, efficiency, and process profitability of each stage of each of your mine sites.

That’s why data security and backup is so critical.

The data gathered by sensors and automated processes throughout your mine complex is money in the bank for the mine management team that knows how to analyse, read, graphically represent, and take action based on that data.

So, let’s get back to the question at hand.

What Should a Mining Corporation Do to Protect Against Data Theft?

We wish that we could tell you that data protection and backup was as simple as installing a specific firewall, buying new mobile devices, or installing the newest antivirus software.

It’s just not that easy…unfortunately.

Protecting your mine’s operational, production, processing, and delivery data requires a holistic, ongoing, strategic approach to IT security management.

Here are the basics.

  • Employee cybersecurity awareness training
  • Encrypting data
  • Securing network, mobile devices, and endpoints
  • Securing wireless devices of all types connected to the network
  • Automatic backups – both on-site and cloud
  • Monitored backups
  • Antivirus
  • Firewall configuration and monitoring
  • Internet traffic monitoring
  • Email security
  • Network security monitoring
  • Two-factor authorization
  • Role-based access protocols