Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Data security a persistent problem for many firms
Data security is a major concern for the vast majority of businesses. And it should be. Those firms that experience data breaches or other security lapses will find themselves struggling to recover from damaged reputations and the loss of intellectual property and other resources.
For several reasons, though, achieving data security can be extremely challenging for businesses. These potential traps only serve to emphasize the seriousness of the issue, and to highlight the need for secure file sharing solutions and other data protection tools.
One of the biggest challenges inherent to data security is that even an unprotected system will essentially exhibit no signs of any problems until a data breach actually occurs. Unless the company conducts regular tests, all will seem to be well with the organization's data security, up until the moment when the breach actually occurs. This can often lull firms into a false sense of security, making them vulnerable to potential breaches as leaders underestimate the severity and likelihood of cyber threats.
On a related note, this false sense of security that firms may begin to experience in this area can also lead to laxity in terms of applying data security programs. For example, a business may invest in a particular security program and instruct all employees to use this resource whenever they send files. However, the lack of breaches may cause business leaders to reinforce the need to use these tools less and less frequently, to the point that employees may cease to utilize the available security tools. And, eventually, this laxity will come back to haunt the business in the form of a data breach.
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To prevent this development, businesses need to take a number of steps. First and foremost, they must invest in secure file sharing tools and other cybersecurity measures that are specifically designed with the end-user experience in mind. If these resources are unduly burdensome for employees, those workers will almost certainly use the available tools with decreasing vigor.
Furthermore, company leaders and decision-makers must never allow themselves or their workers to become lazy or negligent when it comes to data security. Firms should regularly conduct tests and self-assessments to ensure the dependability of the organization's data protection systems.