Be the Data Security Superhero Your Company Deserves
Protecting your data against security breaches and hacks can feel like the quest of a superhero. While every company’s storage servers house valuable, sensitive information, most organizations lack a clear data governance, risk and compliance (GRC) strategy, which can put Social Security numbers, proprietary information and trade secrets at risk.
This critical mistake can spell disaster for a company, but it also creates a unique opportunity for IT pros: using their tech-oriented alter-egos as a cover, they can step up and become data security superheroes. Our latest e-book, “Wanted: Guardians of the Data” shares the details you need to pull it off, including tips on how to use your new X-ray vision, enlist a sidekick and stock your utility belt with tools and best practices. For example, you’ll learn how to:
- Educate citizens: Securing data doesn’t just take breaches and hacks into account. Forrester finds 36 percent of data breaches are caused by inadvertent exposure. GRC pros also ensure that industry regulations and mandates (such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS or GLBA) are met, legal regulations are recognized, and internal policies are addressed. Their weapon of choice? A deep understanding of the guidelines and rules they’ll need to follow, and a diligent commitment to keeping colleague activities in line.
- Use your superpowers: See through walls (and files) to shed light on dark data, tap into psychic abilities to predict the future of confidential information, and establish a shield to protect your data from villains who shouldn’t have access.
- Uphold the law: According to the Ponemon Institute, 78 percent of data breaches are the result of employee negligence or maliciousness. This might be the result of employees who are preparing to leave your company and expose critical data as they transition to a competitor, or employees who aren’t fully aware of the data governance practices they should be following. It’s easy to direct blame toward employees in these instances, but true data guardians accept the responsibility of data protection.