Cloud-based and physical storage are viable options for protecting your data.
Mandatory video surveillance steps up to the plate when securing your location, but how do you secure your current security program? Cloud drive? Physical hard drive? Both? The answer to this question can be the difference between staying compliant and falling into the dangerous realm of non-compliance. What about your physical documents? We’re talking about the entirety of your dispensary records: shipping manifests, request receipts, laboratory testing results, transfer of custody paperwork, certificates of analysis (COA). There’s more— live inventory, sales & purchase orders, METRC
reports, permits, insurance paperwork, location diagrams, employee information—you get the point! An easy way to protect your business is by making sure you have a backup drive (or two) that routinely stores all of this information in a secure location—how you choose that location, is up to you! As your dispensary grows, so too should your backup drives. Make sure that each is large enough to hold the full capacity of your business documents. You should be aiming to expand your data storage “arsenal” as your business grows, being sure to retain the necessary documents for specified reporting schedules. Security is just as much of a virtual objective as it is a physical one so double check that your computers aren’t at risk of being jeopardized in case of a security breach. Routinely changing the passwords to accounts and updating them after an employee has left your business can help keep everything organized and avoid unforeseeable issues. Be weary of “putting all your eggs in one basket” and create a multi-layered approach to accessing documents. It’d be a shame to stop operations for any period of time due to the loss of data.