28 July 2011 08:00:00
There are several factors that may contribute to a company's ability to lock down data security practices. According to a recent Network World report, failing to adjust to the times is at the top of the list.
Many businesses make the mistake of thinking that today's cyber security threats are the same as they were five or 10 years ago. This is completely untrue, as the last decade as seen the emergence of several game-changing technologies that require new approaches to data protection.
Among the top technologies that must be addressed are cloud computing and mobile devices. Both technologies have proven beneficial to improving employee productivity and increasing workplace flexibility. But they also present new challenges for IT departments looking to ensure sensitive corporate data remains untouched by unauthorized personnel.
The news provider recommended taking a proactive approach to data security. This may include drafting new policies that incorporate the new technologies, implementing security measures such as encryption and antivirus software or educating employees about the dangers of data breaches, among other steps.
A new study from Aveksa found 42 percent of surveyed companies agree that data security is a major concern. However, companies that don't plan security practices around new technology may find themselves vulnerable should a threat arise.
-McAfee Cloud Security