Data Security Means Asking the Hard Questions
Would you cringe if you knew every element of data your company has stored? Every screenshot a colleague may have saved, every Word document or note taken during a meeting, every app or plug-in employees have downloaded over the years (and the login details they’ve entered)? Most security administrators would. And when you consider the vast number of IT pros acting as their small companies’ one-person shows for security, compliance, governance and storage, it’s a lot of knots in stomachs and dry throats to consider.
The only way to end this anxiety is to ask hard questions of your employer, your colleagues and most importantly, your data. It’s not easy; even companies with massive resources like Morgan Stanley and Sony have been public victims of serious hacks and security breaches. The stakes are higher for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), with the Ponemon Institute reporting that 55 percent of SMBs have experienced data breaches. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get proactive about protecting your company and securing your data.
Our latest SlideShare, “Security Pop Quiz,” can help you get started. IT pros and security admins need to update their impression of data storage as a place where data goes to die and recognize the capabilities of storage as a throughput device in order to harden and secure data, while optimizing it for better search, discovery and governance. Click through the slides below and take the first steps toward answering these questions:
- Exactly where is our most private data held?
- Who can access it – inside and outside of our organization?
- What are we doing to secure this data and audit forensic information?
- What’s the risk of holding information we can’t audit or visualize?