In this article, you will see detailed instructions on how to create a data room, and learn how this service can be useful to you and your company.

What the data room is for and how it works 

A virtual data room in simple terms means storage that exists in a private cloud or within an organization. The main task of this storage is to provide access to certain documents via a web interface for authorized users. When users interact with the storage all traffic is reliably encrypted and sometimes may be implemented the functions of DRM – digital restriction management system, in which case the data of the documents themselves are also encrypted. 

Why data rooms are needed?

Usually, the duties of a data room are:

  • Performing large-scale corporate transactions
  • Providing access to company reports at the time of accounting
  • Notifying investors about anything related to the business
  • To transmit data, users upload it to the cloud, set up access, and send the recipient a link. The process of sending data can also be automated.

Room data sheets are mostly used in the financial, construction, and design industries, as well as in law firms and retail businesses. These organizations often work with important data and need to ensure that the information is sent reliably.  

What to look for when creating a data room

1.The data room must fit your needs 

Because of the wide variety of data rooms, sometimes it becomes difficult to know which one is right for you. You need to choose a room based on these criteria: 

  • Security – you need to find a data room with a security program specifically designed for it
  • Ease of use – working with data rooms should not be inconvenient and the interface should be simple and efficient
  • Reporting – you must make sure that a detailed report of user actions is available to you so that you can see how long the recipients interacted with the sent document
  • Pricing – find out how plans change depending on how many users can create a data room 

2. Set access levels, permissions, and security settings 

Decide for yourself which of your employees you want to authorize.

  • Access control – you can make the file available to a certain number of people, or give your investors more discretion
  • Printing and uploading – allow recipients to upload and print documents, but keep in mind that after these processes the data room is no longer able to control these documents. For security purposes, apply a watermark to your documents

3. Gather the necessary documents and upload

After setting up all the functions in your repository, you need to move on to uploading documents. Check and edit sensitive information just in case. After a thorough check, you can move on to the step of inviting investors to a room that you have created especially for them.