Attention, CISOs: Here’s how to protect your data

Six months is a long time. Between January and June, you could move across the country and settle into a new home. You could complete a college semester, and have time to spare. You could travel across cities and countries, making memories that last the rest of your life.

Or, a security threat could penetrate your company’s network, and the breach could go undetected – and put to highly detrimental use – for the entire duration of those months. Hackers could easily gain access to your sensitive data, and could slowly work through your system, stealing the most critical information they can get their hands on.

If the second scenario seems like an exaggerated timeline, it’s time to face the facts about today’s security climate. The Ponemon Institute recently reported that the average company takes six months to detect a data breach, depending on its industry. Once stolen, that data can be sold for profit or used by competitors to damage your company’s bottom line. With such irreparable damage on the line, how can chief information security officers (CISOs) and other member of the security team adjust their strategies in order to better protect the people, products and communities surrounding their organizations?

In a recent post, DataGravity President and Co-founder John Joseph discussed this issue, and shared his thoughts about the major priorities CISOs should focus on to address their security challenges. As Ponemon reports, some of the industries that face the highest risks for breaches are the ones that manage the most highly sensitive data – financial services firms, healthcare providers, educational institutions and more. Even if the IT teams at companies in these spaces are too small to warrant a CISO, John’s tips can apply to any organization looking to improve its security posture, proactively identify threats and secure sensitive data before a breach occurs. For example, security pros across industries should seek:

  • Insider threat detection capabilities at the file and data level;
  • IT environments that can identify, adapt and respond to security issues; and
  • Solutions to help curb unstructured data growth and extract insights that can help improve business.

Whether you’re already detecting breaches to your network that appear to be older than you can stomach, or you’re recognizing that the amount of visibility you currently have into your data isn’t sufficient, check out John’s article to learn how your security team can get proactive about changing the course of your company’s data protection.

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Perry Dickau

Former Director of Product Management for DataGravity, Perry provided guidance on product direction and development, as well as on technologies, standards, best practices, and industry trends for data governance, risk management, and compliance. He previously served as a product manager at AvePoint and holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of New Hampshire.