Every day we hear stories about Businesses lose critical data; regardless of billions of dollars invested in cyber security, we have failed to provide full proof security. We’ve secured our organizations by building layers of walls around networks, applications, storage, identity and devices.
Data security company Vera has identified some shocking gaps in security policies to help enterprises better understand and diagnose their data security loopholes.
According to breach study by Ponemon, it has been noticed that human negligence is responsible for 25% of data breaches globally.
Most of the time employees avoid using internal systems and software tools for their routine task. That is the biggest behavioral gap an organization can have. Employee bypasses the secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers by simply copy and pasting data into insecure files and then sends it from their personalized email accounts. This is the major gap where transmission of sensitive data remains undetected by the enterprise security layers.
The data is lost when companies are unable to trace that where, when and for what the information is being used. The big question is that what is being done with your information by third party vendors? Most of the employees receive files unintentionally. If data is regulated, businesses bear responsibility for it, even when you cannot see it.
The ability to lock down access to the lost documents is gone when data in slipped away or passed the security layers of the organization. There isn’t any undo button for lost files to revoke the access controls to access the information. It’s the root cause of many cloud collaboration and storage fear that need to be addressed sooner before it’s too late.
Response Time Gap
We lose data because of the time delay it takes to identify and respond to the incident and new technologies that are sharing enterprise data. Many employees do their task regardless of its security impact and then information security is left way behind. Enterprises require security that operates at the speed of business, with the flexibility to be adapted by each and every employee and stakeholders.
The phones and tablets your employees and partners use to access information is the main concern for enterprise security. The security gap is created when employee, customers and partners start using mobile devices for personal use as well. The third party application can easily breach the security layer of the organization’s system and can cause information leak. This gap can easily overcome by conducting awareness sessions for each and every stakeholder that is dealing with the company’s information.
Businesses today simply cannot fill security gaps by following old strategies to secure information. It’s time to look at protecting the data throughout its entire life cycle from its propagation from employee to outside the organization, application and devices then further where that information is being used as well. That’s the only way we can overcome these gaps and protect the information at its best.