Data Security is improved by taking a data-driven approach that addresses security issues that are uncovered by a review of security risk data. For example, allowing employees to continue to use software that has known vulnerabilities, which has not had the most recent security patch applied, is a risk that is unnecessary.
Here are a few tips to improve Data Security by using a data-driven approach:
Conduct a Security Assessment and Implement Its Recommendations
It is surprising when an organization goes to the trouble to conduct a security Assessment, which should be done on a regular basis and then does not implement the recommendations. Executives may think that since the security Assessment was done, the security is improved. A security Assessment demonstrates an Impact vs. Likelihood that your organization will have a compromise in the near future, but does not actually stop a breach from happening. It is important to take the next steps of implementing security upgrades as well.
Monitor Data Security News Alerts
By setting up Google alerts and keeping an eye on the latest Data Security News, helps increase awareness about security issues. An example of a Google alert is using the name of the software or IT service combined with the phrase “security flaw.” Moreover, there are industry security news systems that can be regularly checked for alerts such as the Security News notifications in the Security Education Companion.
Organizations that do not have sufficient internal staff for these Data Security issues do well by contracting with an outsourced IT data security company to monitor them on behalf of the organization.
Be Proactive About Advanced Persistent Threats
Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) are socially-engineered attacks that are occurring on a continual basis. Examples of APT attacks included phishing where websites are faked to get people to enter private information, email campaigns that cause people to download attachments that are malware, or websites that load malware when a person visits them.
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I like that you provided some best practices or tips for risk management and data security such as by being proactive about advanced persistent threats. It is important that you always keep an eye out in making sure that your system is not vulnerable to any attacks such as phishing. You may want to hire the services of a risk management or consulting firm that addresses these types of data security breach. I would make sure to keep this in mind if I were to hire my own consulting services firm. Thanks.