Security breaches are disruptive to my business. According to the Ponemon Institute’s Cost of Data Breach Study, the average cost of a security breach in 2015 was $4 million — up from $3.8 million in 2014 — so every business needs to take data security seriously.
While there are many steps you can take, we talk with our clients and prospects about these three best practices.
Data is most vulnerable to attack when it’s being moved.
We recommend implementing SSL/TLS protocols. They protect client data as it moves across multiple locations — for instance, to cloud-based archives or off-site servers.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) provides a secure connection between two endpoints across three factors:
Transport Layer Security (TLS), an update to SSL, standardizes private digital communications. TLS works on two levels:
You must protect your business’ data by controlling access to it. Cloud hosting service providers offer system administrators tools to ensure that employees have access to the business intelligence data they need to do their job, and nothing more.
Controlled access leads into some common sense follow-ups.
Many businesses greatest security flaw has been around company culture. Employees were often unaware they were exposing customers to security risks. They took actions because they were faster, or easier, or because they knew nobody outside of IT would notice.
When we see employee inattention as a security flaw, we coach our clients to develop a strong company culture around data security. By making it about protecting the business by protecting the client, we have achieved strong buy-in.
A strong data security culture means we educate our clients around the data life cycle:
These help us explain to employees, clients, and prospects how they can best protect the business intelligence data that needs to be protected when and where it needs to be protected.
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