What is putting your enterprise’s data at risk?

Friday, July 29, 2016

When your enterprise relies on data, you have no room for error, damage or loss. Any one of these potential problems could easily become a disaster if you're caught unprepared. Securing your business against these threats starts with understanding what they are. From there, you can devise a plan that helps you monitor and protect your data. Here are just a few ways your data could be at risk and how you can help reduce the vulnerability:

Untrained or disgruntled employees
Data breach or loss isn't always a grand case of espionage that you might see in movies or TV shows. In fact, it is typically something a lot more boring: an employee's mistake. The 2015 "Trends in Information Security" report from CompTIA, which surveyed nearly 1,000 business executives, found that human error accounts for 52 percent of security breaches.

Among these errors were failure to follow policies and procedure, general carelessness or a lack of understanding of new threats. What these reasons share in common is that they're all fairly preventable with the right training and resources.

"Your staff is a highly valuable security resource."

Similarly, a disgruntled employee with access to important accounts or networks could be equally as threatening to your data security, Cortney Thompson, the CTO of Green House Data, told CIO. If an IT staff member, for example, is let go from the company but isn't removed from authorized access, he or she could easily and maliciously use or destroy sensitive data from your company.

Either way your staff is a highly valuable security resource, though organizations hardly ever see them that way, as Seth Robinson, senior director of technology analysis with CompTIA told SCMagazine.

"What is particularly troubling is that companies generally rate human error as a lower concern among other security issues [such as malware and hacking]," Robinson said.

The more you treat them as such, the better protected you'll be against the threats of human error or planned attack. Train your staff to recognize suspicious activity or conduct proper and safe behavior when using company devices. When an employee is terminated, make sure you strip them of access to data.

A more mobile workforce can mean less data security without policies in place.

Lack of mobile device policy
Workforces are increasingly spread out and mobile, and that's been possible because pretty much everyone has a high-powered mobile device in their pocket these days. Companies save money while still connecting remote employees to their headquarters.

However handy these devices have become, they also pose a severe data security risk if there aren't any clear guidelines on how to safely use them.

"With a BYOD policy in place, employees are better educated on device expectations and companies can better monitor email and documents that are being downloaded to company or employee-owned devices," Piero DePaoli, senior director of Global Product Marketing at Symantec, told CIO.

DePaoli also explained how monitoring these devices will help you assess your mobile data loss risk as well as identify exposures and work to quickly resolve them in the event that a device is lost or stolen.

Paramount empowers and protects your data, helping you monitor and backup data storage in the event of loss or damage. Through our Monitoring and Disaster Recovery & Management solutions, we provide continual support that allows you to identify and resolve data problems in real time.

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