Taking Steps To Improve Company-Wide Data Security

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Companies have been investing heavily in their data security efforts, but despite major strides, that might not be enough to insulate them from risk. The fact is that in a lot of cases, determined hackers are going to be able to get through systems by exploiting weaknesses that may reliably exist in their targeted victims’ networks. As a consequence, data security pros say that it’s vital to not only invest in IT infrastructure, but also properly train employees on an ongoing basis.

No matter how big the company or how much they spend on data security, there is no real assurance that a breach cannot take place, according to a report from Computerworld. Major international brands that pour millions of dollars into data security, as they protect plenty of sensitive data for potentially tens of millions of people or more, are hit with hacks on a somewhat regular basis, and those occurrences grab headlines around the world.

What’s the issue?
But smaller companies are even more vulnerable because while it may take some time for hackers to breach expensive systems, it’s still feasible for particularly skilled ones, the report said. So what does that mean for small businesses with relatively miniscule data security budgets, and perhaps not even an IT staffer on payroll? Their risk is greater, because hackers have recently taken to targeting smaller businesses because of how much easier they are to breach.

“You hear about breaches all the time – just imagine all the ones you’re not hearing about,” Informatica CEO Anil Chakravarthy told the site. “Data security today is an unsolved problem for customers.”

For this reason, companies that don’t have a large data security budget may want to think about the benefits of relying upon a data center provider that specializes in colocation. This can help to insulate their most valuable data from attacks they otherwise might not be able to guard against.

How common is it?
This threat is so pervasive that nearly 2 in every 5 businesses and similar organizations had been hit with a data breach in the past year, according to the Association for Information and Image Management. Nearly 1 in 3 also felt this was because their companies didn’t do enough to properly protect such data. In fact, slightly more than that actually said their organizations don’t have any sort of formal policy about how to properly store sensitive data.

However, that comes despite the fact that almost 60 percent of respondents said they’d invested more resources into data security in the past year, the report said. Though companies are getting smarter about these issues all the time, the fact remains that more can always be done to make sure people have access to only the sensitive information they need to do their jobs, and that they are generally aware of industry-recommended best practices. A little training for both IT staff and end users can go a long way toward keeping everyone safer.

 

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