The new year is fast approaching, and naturally enough, many business leaders and owners are now considering their plans for 2014. This should include not just an overview of goals for the future, but also an in-depth examination of the organization as it currently exists. And among the most important areas to examine is data security. Specifically, does the company possess an adequate secure file transfer solution?
If the answer is no, then there's no time like the new year to upgrade.
Security in 2014
There are several reasons why business decision-makers should consider improving their secure file transfer solutions now. The first and most important is the simple notion that the sooner a firm can become secure, the better. After all, cyberattacks can occur at any time and cause devastating damage. Delaying security upgrades or the implementation of more reliable solutions increases the risk that a given firm will become a victim of opportunistic cybercriminals.
The next reason why the new year is a great time for business leaders to reexamine and, if necessary, upgrade their firms' data security efforts is because 2014 is likely to see the emergence of an even more dangerous digital environment. According to a recent report from Trend Micro, there is likely to be an average of one major data breach per month throughout the year - a significantly higher rate than was seen in 2013 or years prior. And this does not even account for the smaller scale breaches that will undoubtedly become increasingly frequent as well. Cybercriminals are constantly improving their strategies for targeting businesses' data, and the threat will only grow.
Changes on the horizon
Lastly, the new year is widely seen as a time to make changes to an organization, and implementing secure file transfer solutions will inevitably require new behavior and actions on the part of employees.
This point is so critical, it bears further analysis. Secure file transfer solutions, which can ensure that data remains protected from unauthorized individuals while it is being sent or received by employees or partners, are only effective when actually utilized. If employees instead turn to consumer-grade box file sharing offerings, the better protection offered by secure file transfer options is negated.
Business leaders must not only deploy these solutions, but also make a concerted effort to ensure that they are embraced by employees throughout the company.
This can prove a challenge for many decision-makers. After all, most workers tend to resist change, as they become set in their ways and loathe to experiment when they feel that the status quo is satisfactory.
So managers should see 2014 as an opportunity to both introduce workers to more secure, reliable file sharing options, and also to initiate and enforce policies that ensure these solutions are actually utilized for each and every sensitive document sent or received by personnel.