The Fatal Data Security Mistake Every Company Makes

Picture this. You’re a thief, and you’ve been planning your moves for your next heist. Your target isn’t a bank or high-security compound; you’re aiming for a private home with residents who aren’t expecting to be robbed. After all, an everyday family is likely not thinking twice about heavily securing their valuable possessions when they leave for vacation, or even just for work in the morning. So, you break in, and sure enough, there’s expensive jewelry on the coffee table and cash in a kitchen drawer. You can leave with your bounty in mere minutes.

Protecting your business from a data security breach isn’t much different than the scenario above, but too many organizations fall victim to major data thefts and information leaks on a regular basis. Like the family leaving its heirloom jewelry out in the open, these companies are aware that breaches are possible, but when it comes time to protect their own belongings, they rely on ill-informed misconceptions about security and protection that ultimately fail when put to the test.

In a new article published on LinkedIn, DataGravity President and Co-founder John Joseph highlights some of the top security misconceptions that plague enterprise IT teams and inspire some of today’s most high-profile breach headlines. Joseph describes situations where companies assume:

  • The worst fallout they’ll suffer from a breach will be monetary;
  • Network security is already in place, so internal data auditing isn’t necessary; or
  • Internal teams of storage and security personnel don’t need to collaborate. (In reality, doing so greatly increases visibility and data protection across the company.)

In every situation, hindsight is 20/20 – if only someone had thought to check for sensitive files accidentally saved in a public domain, or put that pearl necklace away in a private safe. However, as Joseph explains, ignorance is not compliance, and organizations need to become data-aware and learn how to reduce the risks of new breaches before they can occur.

Avoid misconceptions about your security posture by reading DataGravity President John Joseph’s article on LinkedIn.

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Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm was the vice president of marketing at DataGravity for 2 years. Jeff brought more than 20 years of experience with a rare combination of marketing skills, organizational leadership and technical background to DataGravity, having shaped the BI and search markets working for industry pioneers and disrupters.