The data security landscape is constantly evolving. The state it is currently in can vary as quickly as in a month. The irreversible shifts happen not only because of changing regulations, e.g. the enactment of the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation, but also due to the methods that businesses utilize to access data. What’s more, a great array of businesses is also moving their data to the cloud. As you can see, digital transformation can bring a different set of security issues to the table.
Cyber criminals can shut down businesses that operate via cloud environments. The lights can be off for weeks or longer. Both your data and resources will be gone in sixty seconds. Some organizations assume that the cloud is invisible, thus it is inaccessible. Wrong. Failure to take cyber threats seriously can take away powerful profits from your business.
So, are there any steps your company can take to adapt to the ever-changing data security landscape? Yes, and fortunately, they are not that complex.
Start Planning for Worst-Case Scenarios
There is no limit to how much you can prepare. You can follow all the best practices for enhancing data security. However, your preparations can crumble if you forget to prepare for the worst. You should develop a disaster recovery plan that allows you to pick yourself up quickly after a hacker destroys your data. As mentioned, speed is important in the recovery process. The longer you let yourself stay out of commission, you sustain greater damage over the long-term, e.g. significant loss of profits.
With that said, you should have an automated backup solution in place that rebuilds and relaunches your applications after an attack occurs. Start taking note of potential entry points such as your cloud solutions, key extraction, etc. Remember, cyber criminals are constantly developing new tactics. Make sure your team and you are prepared to ride any wave that comes crashing your way.
Consider Sharing Resources on a Need-To-Know Basis
Times have changed. Your employees do not require access to every resource your company has. Make sure they can only access resources that are relevant to them. Start enhancing each level of access with stronger passwords and two-factor authentication. Get your IT staffers to cooperate by ensuring other team members have the access they need – but nothing more than that.
Company-Wide Policies and Staff Education
You need to enforce a company-wide security policy. The details in these policies depend on the company and industry. Below are some examples:
- No Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) to work. Employees must have official certificates installed on their devices if BYOD is necessary.
- Processes everyone know how to follow, e.g. how to access a private network, set up a two-factor authentication system, and more.
Equip IT Team with Up-To-Date Skills and Knowledge
An unsupervised and poorly-trained IT crew means that you are opening your doors wide open for cyber criminals. Start giving them the resources they need. Stop other departments from taking them for granted. As the IT landscape is constantly shifting, you need to be supportive in terms of the growth of your IT team. Their training needs to be updated constantly so that they can catch incoming problems before they arrive.