Data Security: What are the benefits for my Lab?

June 24th 2021

Data security: keeping your data safe. Data security is invariably one of the biggest threats facing modern laboratory organisations, so it deserves its own procedure in your lab’s risk assessment manual. It refers to the process of protecting data from unauthorised access and corruption throughout its lifecycle, until it becomes no longer useful. There are a few ways you can increase your data security, going paperless could be the first step.

There are a few different types of data security, which could be relevant in a lab environment that are explained below.

  • Use of a hardware security module which guards data and meets industry security and compliance requirements
  • Secure data transfer between all of your systems will eliminate the need for cloud storage or for transfer using USBs which can easily be lost or stolen
  • The use of RFID barcodes on samples that can instantly transfer metadata from one system to another
  • Having a LIMS system that enables different levels of security access to different members or departments within the team, can also keep your data security watertight, as well as preventing any confusion across a large organisation.

Due to most of laboratory generated data being high sensitivity data (patient information, research, intellectual property) and the large volumes of it, it is crucial that laboratories consider there to be a threat of data security breach.

Your instruments must be kept up to date and always have excellent technical support on hand, should you need it. Make sure that instruments are renewed and updated regularly to keep them in line with the rest of your network.

To find out more about how VIDA could help you do all of this and more, and take away the worries of maintaining data security, contact us today.

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