Some might say climate change is the most pressing matter facing humanity today. But ask the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, and he’ll tell you cyber security related issues are taking the top slot. And it makes sense — there is a lot more sensitive data at risk today than ever before, which is why the topic of data-centric cyber security frequently makes its way into conversations about meeting various important goals in 2020.
To begin with, it is important to define what data-centric cyber security actually is. When addressing cyber security as a whole, the security of the servers and the facility in which they are housed is included, whether they’re on-site or off-site. When discussing data-centric cyber security, the protection of the data itself is being addressed. The switch from the old ways to new ways of approaching security can be a bit tough, but not if you consider the following:
Flagging Sensitive Data
Most organizations have more data than they know what to do with, and that’s a problem. Sensitive data should be under more layers of protection and should only be accessed by those who absolutely need to see it. Purging redundant or useless data can make it easier to protect that which really matters.
When your data is in storage, it must be encrypted. In fact, when your data is in transition, it should also be encrypted, though in a different format. Using encryption whenever possible can close windows of opportunities for cyber criminals to gain access to information that can harm your organization.
The encryption process can get quite cumbersome, which is why automated tools should be utilized to save your staff from burnout. Many of these tasks can be made quite easy through the right automation solutions. The added benefit is that human error is not an issue when you’ve got machine learning or artificial intelligence on your side.
There are plenty of laws out there dictating what you need to do in terms of accountability for the protection of your data, especially data on your clients. However, the best strategies involve those that treat laws as the minimum at which you approach your cyber security plan.
Many daily tasks now involve cloud-based technology, and the good news is you can utilize the cloud in such a way that you can become more data-centric in your approach to cyber security. Organizations operate more efficiently and effectively with the right cloud tools at their fingertips.At Cory Communications, our approach to data security is scalable, adaptable, and forward thinking. Contact us and we’ll run through our processes, how they have worked for other organizations, and why they’ll be a good fit for yours.