4 things you should know about data privacy in 2016

Every year, as winter approaches, the technology community sounds off about its predictions, hopes and anticipations for the next 12 months. It’s always interesting to see how different businesses and thought leaders may align or contradict one another about trends and themes that will dominate the IT space, and then to compare those predictions to the surprise announcements and long-standing movements that shape daily news and decisions.

The changing role of data privacy

For a long time, privacy and data sensitivity were generally considered a corporate concern. Companies had to monitor for compliance violations, which could result in fines and legal issues if they were uncovered in an audit. Now, however, data privacy is a personal dilemma. Every security breach creates the potential for compromised identities and stolen financial information. These problems can deeply affect any company’s employees, customers, partners or other contacts, and in some cases, it can take months or even years to recover from them.

Merging privacy with security 

In order to maintain the security of your corporate data while protecting the privacy of the people you work with daily, consider the below tips:

  • Know that privacy is an individual concern, but approach it as a company problem. Although it may seem like an obvious course of action in today’s security industry, many organizations continue to make this mistake. By making data protection a corporate priority and including it in your strategic planning sessions, you’ll help raise the bar for your organization while you avoid compromising sensitive information.
  • Build layers of security authentication into your team’s processes. From passwords to two-factor identification, ensure that every team member is personally contributing to the security of your environment.
  • Be aware of your industry’s compliance policies, and avoid gray areas. Healthcare and financial services are traditionally faced with compliance regulations, but companies in nearly every other industry on the market must comply with at least one set of industry guidelines as well. Know your market and remain updated about any changes, and you’ll avoid getting caught in a “gray area” of misunderstanding about a given regulation – and introducing your team to privacy risks in the process.
  • Look inside your data to identify and eliminate risks. Don’t settle for limited visibility into your storage. Data-aware technologies can help you locate any instances of sensitive information or noncompliant files that, in the event of an audit or breach, could be dangerous to your team and its privacy and security.

 Learn more about how one company is ensuring data compliance at the point of storage.

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John Joseph

John Joseph

President and co-founder of DataGravity, John Joseph leads company’s sales, marketing, operations and customer initiatives. John previously served as vice president of marketing and product management at EqualLogic, leading these functions from the company's initial launch through the successful acquisition by Dell in 2008. He subsequently served as vice president of enterprise solutions, marketing at Dell for three years after the acquisition.