Are you overlooking some of the biggest mistakes organizations make when it comes to data and information security?
It is a reality of business today that everyone must be online in order to manage a successful company. A key challenge this poses to every organization is how to best secure one’s network and data from those with ill intentions in order to prevent a potential catastrophe.
While most organizations implement measures to protect themselves from cyber-attacks and information leakage, there are some common mistakes and oversights made that should be addressed by every organization.
5 COMMON DATA SECURITY OVERSIGHTS BY COMPANIES THAT COULD HAVE SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES ARE:
1) Failure to understand the true threat against their employees, and ultimately their data.
Many companies don’t truly know the amount of information their employees have access to when at work or when logging on remotely. Additionally, most employees lack the proper training or understanding regarding how to secure the information they are able to access. Steps such as changing password regularly, using different passwords for different accounts and applications, and maintaining updated software can go a long way in preventing valuable company information from falling into the hands of hackers.
2) Failure to view data security as a “business challenge” and not just an “IT problem“.
IT represents a large part of security controls, but data security goes far beyond technology. Organizations need to seriously evaluate and address security controls for areas such as physical facilities and file access, information handling policies and procedures, training, and other environmental controls.
3) Failure to understand the measurable impact on business operations.
Many organizations are quick to implement technical solutions without comprehending their effect on the business. Technical solutions may satisfy a security requirement, but they can also significantly impede the organization’s capability if improperly utilized. Going to the expense of implementing a security solution because it may seem like the right thing to do without truly discerning the need it addresses can prove to be ineffective and counterproductive.
4) Being mindless about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) usage.
Unknowledgeable and sometimes careless workers using personal devices to connect to company networks and to access company owned information pose a serious threat. Devices that are not password protected or use simple passwords, don’t utilize encryption, and mix business with personal information are extremely susceptible to undesired knowledge transfer.
5) Working with a wrong or unqualified vendor.
Having the wrong technology partner can be disastrous, and this scenario is played out far too often for many organizations. Assess every partner’s security posture and provide steps to mitigate risks within their own networks, before they can be leveraged to access yours.