Is there a data security utopia?

It is impossible to stop a data breach right in its tracks, but there are ways you can prevent them from happening in the first place. The answer? Move to a “security utopia” – the phrase Inc. Writer and “Tech Blog Writer Podcast” Host Neil Hughes used after recently speaking to our CEO, Paula Long, about data-awareness.

In the article, “How this startup is rethinking data security,” Hughes writes, “DataGravity is attempting to take businesses on a journey to a security utopia. Automatic smarter data management is also top of the agenda. A promised land where organizations know the location of their confidential information, exactly who accesses it and when.”

Companies that want to prevent unnecessary risk (i.e., every company) should consider pursuing a security utopia of their own. While there are many steps to get there, you can follow three main ideas:

  • Tag your files from the moment they are created (and don’t stop monitoring);
  • Understand exactly where confidential information is located; and
  • Develop an understanding of who is accessing the information and when.

Unfortunately, many organizations are unaware of how much confidential information is being shared. As Hughes explains in his Inc. article, a security breach of any caliber instantly affects the reputation of the company, especially as customers develop higher expectations for the organizations with which they do business.

Hughes writes, “Proving the ROI of cyber security is notoriously difficult. Many fall back on the risk vs. reward philosophy. But, the harsh reality is that failure to comply could end up with the doors to your business being closed to the global community. Can anyone afford to take this risk?”

Think you’ve already reached security utopia? Test your data awareness here.

Cheryle Cushion

Cheryle Cushion

Cheryle has more than 20 years of experience in developing corporate marketing strategies and executing integrated marketing programs that drive strong customer engagement via direct and indirect sales channels. She has held various marketing leadership roles in several successful companies including Infinio Systems, Raptor Systems, Interliant, Seahorse BioScience, Dell and most notably EqualLogic which was purchased by Dell in 2008 for $1.4B.