8 Reasons to Update Your Approach to Data Security

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 08-10-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    8 Reasons to Update Your Approach to Data Security
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    8 Reasons to Update Your Approach to Data Security

    There are many reasons to revamp your approach to data security, including recognizing that perimeter security is not the same as data security.
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    Your Perimeter Is Breached
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    Your Perimeter Is Breached

    The moat you've built around your network is your primary defense against hackers. But when you talk about securing data, the conversation should include where your data resides, not just the perimeter.
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    Instead of Being Proactive, You Wait for Change
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    Instead of Being Proactive, You Wait for Change

    Protect stored data from breach or loss with automated audit processes that help answer critical questions about where sensitive information is, data-change rates, usage patterns and more.
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    You're Not Thinking About the Big Picture
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    You're Not Thinking About the Big Picture

    High-profile data breaches describe security risks in lost dollars and exposed records, but failing to update your approach to data security can cost your reputation and intellectual property, which are hard to quantify.
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    Another Company Gets Hacked. Is Yours Safe?
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    Another Company Gets Hacked. Is Yours Safe?

    When a big-name company falls into the data-breach spotlight, ask whether yours would be safe in their scenario. Your boss will probably want to know what you would do under similar circumstances. If you're not ready to answer, you're unprepared for today's data security realities.
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    You Think Your Data Is Not Worth Stealing
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    You Think Your Data Is Not Worth Stealing

    Would anyone want your data? Yes. Just as many small and midsize businesses fall victim to data loss, theft or ransom as Fortune 500 companies.
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    You Think Your Industry Isn't Vulnerable
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    You Think Your Industry Isn't Vulnerable

    Consider the types of industries that have suffered data loss in recent memory: health care, retail, education, entertainment, finance, insurance, government. It's hard to find an industry that is not vulnerable.
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    You Don't Know If Sensitive Data Is In Your System

    Do you know whether sensitive data or personally identifiable information are in your system? If you lack insight into the value and danger lying in your unstructured data, take rapid steps towards getting a 360-degree view of what you're storing.
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    The Security Team Has Never Interacted With Other Departments
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    The Security Team Has Never Interacted With Other Departments

    If one team handles data storage and another security, you can't prepare for breaches that cross your perimeter, or start internally. Security must be everyone's job. That means collaboration between departments and implementing technology that seamlessly integrates disparate data tasks.
 

It's time to shift your thinking about data security, according to security and data experts at DataGravity, a data-aware storage platform. "Many people consider data security to be synonymous with perimeter security," said Perry Dickau, director of product management at DataGravity. "However, with the rise in data breaches in today's IT landscape, focusing only on your perimeter is no longer enough to protect your business' critical data assets and sensitive information." He believes organizations need to think more holistically about security strategies, add visibility and protect their data at all layers of their infrastructure. This includes from perimeters and end points, to applications, servers, networks and storage. "When a breach happens, your sensitive data should already be locked down and out of reach," Dickau said. Here are Dickau's eight reasons for updating your approach to data security.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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