So much of what we do happens online now that it's essential to pay attention to data security.
In our personal lives, we can check our medical test results, deposit checks with a photo, pay bills, check our kids' grades and homework, make travel plans, and set up appointments and reservations for just about anything online.
At work, we often deal with personal or proprietary information about the organization and its employees and customers, as well as the data of our customers' employees and clients.
It can be easy to get wrapped up in the work and take security shortcuts. But there is a lot at stake. So here are some articles to help you consider the issues, assess security and take steps to protect your data.
Not sure where to start? Here are suggestions on how to identify security issues, spend smart, assess and act, utilize defense by design and tap the right tools.
Security of your data begins with the employee. But unfortunately, many employees don't understand their role in helping to protect their own information, let alone that of the organization. You can take steps to change that by educating your employees about the numerous potential threats they face each day and the measures put in place to prevent data breaches.
Your biggest security threat may actually be inside your organization, not outside it: 43 percent of data loss was caused by internal actors, either through malice or negligence. Breaches can come from every direction, and hackers usually target your areas with the highest vulnerability, which may stem from either the physical security or the cybersecurity domain.
Any employee with a USB stick or laptop, whether acting with deliberate intentions or simply unaware of security policies, is capable of exposing your firm to massive data breaches that could embarrass you in front of stakeholders, regulators and the general public. Surprisingly, insider data breaches are generally more costly to firms than breaches made by external hackers.
Fundamentally, security involves installing robust policies and procedures to control how users access your big data. That includes creating restrictions that limit user permissions based on their role, keeping organized logs of user activity and auditing your systems regularly to verify that there have been no breaches. You should determine which data sets should be protected by encryption key, as well.
Before any cross-functional team can begin to put security measures for employee data in place, it must first understand the security risks involved. According to CIO, the six biggest security risks are:
- Disgruntled employees
- Careless or uninformed employees
- Mobile devices (bring your own devices)
- Cloud applications
- Unmatched or unmatchable devices
- Third-party service providers.
Look for proactive, cloud-based solutions capable of defending data cross-platform and cross-device while still allowing access to verified consumers and admins. Consider the potential problem of robo-advisers. Mitigate their risk with cloud solutions that actively track their decision-making in real time along with incoming and outgoing traffic, then provide instant alerts to IT teams if something doesn't add up. This provides an extra layer of human oversight to shut down or reconfigure automated systems before things get out of hand.
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