Where Is The Growth In Business Security?

Where Is The Growth In Business Security?

How fast can an industry take hold and change the way we work and live? All you have to do is look to the Internet to see one of the fastest growth areas around.

Twenty years ago many were deciding how necessary it was to have a personal computer in their homes. Today we carry its equivalent around in our pockets, having access to more technology in a box with a five inch display than would have previously fit in our homes.

Yet fast growth also carries risks. With each advance we make in technology also increases the threat level presented by hackers, cyber criminals and spies.

Spending on IT security is expected to grow tenfold in the next decade. Size is no object when it comes to threats; large global corporations are open to as much risk as the small business practice. Sure, the criminals may be after different data depending on where they enter. But many hackers are more than happy with small amounts of personal information and the chance to use a clean identify to further their cause.

Technology advances, new tools and services are created, and business owners are left piecing together what they think will offer them protection. Sometimes their plans work; sometimes they don’t. Yet when you open yourself up to utilizing the newest tools in the industry, it’s only natural that it will also leave you vulnerable to potential threats.

Because growth has happened so quickly, we often forget to counter the latest tools with an equal amount of risk protection. Studies consistently show that organizations of all sizes underspend on security. And while some threats may be easy to understand and therefore plan for, it’s the threats you don’t know exist that can be the most troublesome and cause the greatest amount of risk.

Those are the areas where the most opportunities lie. Those are the areas that are going to experience the greatest amount of progress in the future, all of which will help you keep your data more secure. Things like:

Encryption – encoding messages so that they can only be read by the sender and the intended recipient.

Certificate Management – identity based solutions that streamline and safeguard access to all forms of access, from facility networks, mobile devices and hosted applications.

Authentication – having encryption and certificate management in place is useless is a hacker can quickly gain access to protected tools and keys. Authentication measures add another level of strength between potential risks and your data.

All the rest – while we are currently using a wide variety of tools to combat risks – firewalls, anti-malware, intrusion prevention systems, and so on – the opportunity is still wide open for creating systems specific to a niche or organization.

Because IT changes every day, so to will our approach to the way we secure what matters most … our data. The only way to stay ahead of the game is to stay on top of new developments and incorporate them into your plan on a regular basis.

What’s your plan for protecting your data?

Why Doctors Should Prepare For A Data Breach

Why Doctors Should Prepare For A Data Breach

When it comes to dealing with a data breach, it isn’t so much as if it will happen, as it is when. Studies have shown that one in four health care organizations have experienced a breach. And even if perfect security could be achieved, there is still the risk of someone with legitimate credentials accessing the data and using it inappropriately.

It’s human nature. We’re not perfect. Things happen.

Yet even with statistics showing how commonplace data breaches are in our society, what is surprising is how many health care organizations are not spending the time needed to prepare.

Preparation today is no longer about putting up a firewall to keep the bad guys out. With the growing availability of electronic devices, and an equally growing availability of patient data in electronic format, this approach is no longer feasible.

Instead of investing in firewalls, it’s now mandatory to create a system of continuous monitoring, to track how people access information and what they do once they get inside of the system.

To start, users should be subdivided into groups.

The greatest majority of users will use the system as intended on an infrequent basis. This would include patients that access their records a few times per year, for instance.

You will also have high-profile users who access the system on a regular basis in a variety of different ways. These users may have access to confidential or restricted records, or have the ability to use the system in more detailed ways. Inputting data for instance.

The higher the user profile, the more security is needed. That includes regular monitoring to ensure the system is used correctly. Through continuous monitoring, you’re more likely to catch the breach early in the process.

However, splitting people into groups and monitoring people based on their accessibility isn’t always accurate. You can’t always predict human nature. Because risk is always a constant ebb and flow environment, it’s important to have emergency overrides that allow authorized personnel to quickly restrict access and shut out eminent danger as appropriate.

If there is a situation, acting quickly is the key to success. Early response and quick action can not only help you avoid a larger problem, it can also save the potential of having a situation blow up into a publicity nightmare.

Stopping the situation is important; the right system protocol can cut your risk factors tenfold. Being prepared for a viral attack either in traditional or social media is also essential; it can make the difference between surviving and thriving.

Perfect security isn’t possible. But if you accept responsibility from the beginning – from planning, to monitoring, to recovering when things to wrong – you will provide your surest method of attack.

How Two-Speed IT Architecture Can Help Your Business

How Two-Speed IT Architecture Can Help Your Business

To operate a business in today’s world, having a digital business strategy is no longer an option, it’s a requirement. It gives us the freedom to move from platform to platform, accomplishing each task easily and seamlessly. And as a business, it requires strong capabilities in a variety of areas not only to compete, but to thrive.

  • We have to think digital about products and services. Wearables, for example, are making it possible for doctors and their patients to track daily activities and make better diagnosis from having detailed data available 24/7.
  • We have to think in multichannel experiences. How about sending a newsletter through email to your customer with a coupon, which they can bring in on their smart device to have you scan and receive the discount?
  • We have to think in terms of customer behavior. Through customer tracking programs, we can have insight into customers’ buying habits, from how they shop to how they buy, and improve the customer experience along every path.
  • We have to think about automation. More and more people, expect quick action and immediate response . By automating operations and processes, not only can you deliver when customers demand it, you can also reduce operating costs.

While each of these steps are vitally important to a thriving business, they also bring substantial challenges for IT. While each of these four challenges opens up a world of opportunity for a business, they also open up the potential for unlimited vulnerability.

Two-speed IT architecture can help companies develop high-speed customer-friendly capabilities, while allowing behind the scenes processes to remain operating at a slower pace.  It recognizes the value of both the back-end operational systems, and the ever-changing requirements of user engagement.

Two-speed IT manages the trade-off between building and operating responsive applications that meet customers, employees and vendors’ requirements, and the reliability and control required for the safety and security of systems themselves. Operating two-speed IT involves finding and operating the right software and applications for the job, and goes beyond to encompass a variety of skills and needs, including analytics, innovation and security.

Each side of the IT equation – the operational side and the application side – must move at its own pace. A two-speed approach places equal value on the needs and capabilities of each side.

 

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