Obtaining and storing data is crucial to the safety and security of your company. You probably already have a risk management plan in place that centers completely around data – gathering it, turning it into the right information, delivering it to the right people, and ensuring that it is stored in an understandable and protected format.
Risk management is a response process for if and when the worst happens – information is breached. Having one makes sense. After all, you wouldn’t want sensitive company, employee, or customer data being accessed by the wrong individual, let alone being leaked out into the abyss of the internet. And if it was, you would need access to a risk management and recovery plan that could be set in motion immediately.
But what about data as it pertains to your company’s security initiatives? Of course, you might very well have trusted security initiatives and procedures already in place to protect all that data in the first place. Procedures that work; that always have worked. Yet, if you’re not focusing on data as it directly pertains to security, how can you know the initiatives are truly safe and air-tight? Following, we detail the importance of data security, and why your risk management plan has everything to do with focusing on the security of your company’s data.
What is Data Security?
Data security is a process of protecting files, databases, and accounts on your company’s network by adopting a set of controls, applications, and techniques that identify the relative importance of different datasets, their sensitivity, and regulatory compliance requirements. Once all previous parameters have been defined, a proper data security plan will apply the appropriate protections to secure those resources.
Elements of Securing Data
The core elements of data security are confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Any data security plan should serve as a complete guide to keeping an organization’s sensitive data protected from unauthorized access and data breaches, thus preventing the risk management plan from ever having to be used. The three core elements to data security are as follows. Each should be thoroughly defined and carried out.
- Confidentiality: Ensuring data is accessed only by authorized individuals.
- Integrity: Confirming that information is reliable and accurate.
- Availability: Confirming that data is both available and accessible to satisfy company needs.
Questions to Ask
Regardless of size, bandwidth, or budget, there are a number of data security considerations every company should have on its radar to better assess and prepare for securing its data and protecting it against ransomware. Answer the following questions.
- Where is sensitive data located? You won’t know how to protect your data if you don’t know where and how it’s stored.
- Who has access to the data? When users have unchecked access or infrequent permission reviews, it leaves organizations at risk of data theft and misuse. Knowing who has access to your company’s data is one of the most vital considerations.
- Have you implemented continuous monitoring and real-time alerting on your data? Continuous monitoring is critical for meeting compliance regulations, detecting unusual activity, spotting suspicious accounts, and monitoring behavior before a breach happens.
Teaming with IT Professionals
For companies that have a hold on data and have security obligations, teaming up with Information Transport Solutions, Inc., a Uniti company, will help you better manage sensitive information and meet data protection requirements.
When it comes to the security and safety of your company’s data, ITS has a number of fail-safe processes and procedures in place. We continuously collect and analyze your data, whether one of our team member’s assists within your office (on-premises) or through the cloud. We then leverage various information streams to ensure your organization’s data is protected. Our monitoring and maintenance measures include the following.
- User observation: ITS collects information on who is accessing data, where they and accessing it from, and maps their interactions for a complete picture of user interest.
- Permissions: We add file system structures and password protections where they are needed within your data systems and combine everything into a single framework for analysis, automation, and access visualization.
- Access activity: ITS audits all activity, and records and analyzes every touch by every user, and communicates such with company administration.
- Perimeter telemetry: ITS analyzes data from perimeter devices such as VPN, proxy servers, and DNS.
- Content classification: We scan sensitive and critical data to better know where sensitive data lives and where it might be overexposed or accessed.
Ready to put data at the forefront of your company’s security measures? Get in touch with us today to learn more.