Don’t Torpedo Your Data Security Program: 5 Best Practices to Consider

If you are like most security leaders responsible for protecting your company’s crown jewels, you’ve certainly asked: Can malicious insiders access my organization’s sensitive and mission-critical data? Indeed, it’s a good question to ask, because there may be unseen torpedoes in motion that can sink your efforts to curtail this volatile behavior.

Too few organizations can fully visualize and understand what’s happening to sensitive and regulated data. Being able to accomplish these goals and protect the data powering your business is more important than it has ever been. With the data security market currently in flux — as niche players seek to merge with other players simply to survive in the face of increasingly rigorous client requirements, complex cloud migrations and a growing list of data privacy and cybersecurity compliance requirements — it can be difficult to objectively compare and contrast leading vendors.

This has the unintended impact of complicating an organization’s ability to develop a balanced and complete data security program. Building such a program is more important than ever. Why? Primarily, the goal is to avoid a breach, but equally important is the ability to fully meet data privacy and compliance requirements, avoiding fines and loss of customer trust. Some vendors tell organizations that a one-size-fits-all approach to data privacy and compliance is ‘good enough’ to accomplish these goals — and that they can still manage to increase a client’s return on investment (ROI). 

Data Breach Facts

Let’s unpack the facts. Data security breaches are more frequent and more expensive than in the past. The latest research shows that the torpedo security program practices consider