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The low down on data security in South Africa - Blog

The low down on data security in South Africa

When it comes to the matter of data security, it’s something that should be very high on the list of priorities for businesses that handle sensitive and personal information on a daily basis. This is especially true for companies that use the Cloud as a means of storing such information, which in this technological age, is almost every one – with Sage One being no exception.

When it comes to the matter of data security, it’s something that should be very high on the list of priorities for businesses that handle sensitive and personal information on a daily basis. This is especially true for companies that use the Cloud as a means of storing such information, which in this technological age, is almost every one – with Sage One being no exception. At Sage One, we’re committed to keeping our customers’ data safe and secure so that business managers can run their businesses smoothly using online software that they know is protected every step of the way. Read on to find out all you need to know about data security in South Africa.

First, let’s make sure that everyone understands what the Cloud is

“The Cloud” is essentially another way of saying the Internet. The software offered by Sage One operates within the Cloud – so ultimately, it’s considered “cloud software”. Because all data relating to the software is stored within the Cloud, upgrades take place automatically so that you’re always working on the latest version, and the best part about it is that you’re able to access the information you need at any time, wherever you are. Another prime example of cloud software is Facebook.

But how does this affect security?

Many people are weary of sharing important information online and this is a valid fear. Identify theft and unwanted contact from marketers are areas of concern for many South Africans, but there are ways to combat these and ensure that all data is safeguarded.

So, what security measures has Sage One adopted to keep your data secure?

When it comes to accessing your Sage One software, a unique password and username is required. Only invited persons are given access, using their own passwords and usernames. Remaining inactive for a prolonged period of time once logged in, results in the system automatically logging you out.

All your business’s Sage One data is stored in a managed hosted environment at a secure location. Access to this specialised data centre is restricted, with only authorised personnel being able to enter. Around-the-clock armed security employees together with CCTV ensure your data always has a watchful eye over it.

Furthermore, an industry-standard firewall is in place which makes sure that only intended traffic reaches the Sage One service. Injection attempts, service attacks and intrusions are avoided with the help of regularly produced logs and alerts that are reviewed frequently. Close attention is paid to all systems as well so that new vulnerabilities and possible weaknesses can be identified quickly and resolved even faster.

Lastly, all information is encrypted using a security certificate obtained from a reputable provider, allowing it to remain safe and protected while in the Cloud.

POPI Act

The Protection of Personal Information Act was passed as a means of keeping data secure and protecting the personal information of South Africans. Organisations need to take the necessary steps in accordance with this law to ensure that they comply with it and safeguard all the data with which they’ve been entrusted. Sage One does its part, now so should you.

Data security is highly valued in South Africa and when it comes to a business being dedicated to upholding it, Sage One is no exception. Rest assured that when working with any of the Sage One online products, your information remains safe and secure.

 

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