IT experts agree that 2017 will be a year in which hackers become even more creative and dangerous. CEOs need to take the threats seriously as well. Many SMBs simply could not survive a major cybersecurity breach.As you review your options for security solutions, here are a few important concepts to keep in mind:
SimplicityYour solution must be robust enough to protect your data and equipment, but simple enough to integrate into your infrastructure quickly. Look for quality, mainstream solutions that are well supported and don’t require highly specialized knowledge and training to implement and operate.
IntegrationEven when you are using multiple systems, the ability to monitor those solutions from a single screen and to quickly reach the root cause of an incident are critical in order to set up a robust solution. Your IT team needs easy access to actionable information in order to quickly resolve any issues that arise. Because one compromised system can put others at risk, real-time, cross-system analysis is imperative. Your solution must also integrate between on-premise, public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid solutions, and offer API interoperability with all of your current and near-term future operational applications.
Email is one of the most common ways for employees to intentionally or inadvertently compromise your data, email protection should be near the top of your list. Find a security solution that can stop rogue emailing and data leakage by allowing only managed devices to synchronize with and download your data, all under the watchful eye of your monitoring solution.
Because most businesses have data that integrates with off-premise devices, it is important to share data only with managed devices. Sharing with unsecured devices creates many headaches, and better solutions will be available soon. In the meantime, the best path is to stick with managed devices.
Managed Data Outside the Network
Once data is outside your network, for good or not-so-good reasons, there are ways to continue to provide some security. Containerization tools maintain a “corporate” side of a device, keeping your data on that “side” of the device and away from personal and user-downloaded applications. This helps to keep your data safe while still permitting employees to make productive use of it. Self-destructing content provides a way for organizations to deal with information after it has leaked using auto-delete functionality. Even if data is downloaded for authorized uses, auto-delete and purge functions remove data that is no longer relevant or needed by that user. Finally, content may be linked back to the user by solutions with a “watermarking” capability. In this scenario, the system automatically adds the email or username of the employee accessing the information. This allows IT to quickly identify the source of leaked data and management to take immediate action. It also gives users a personal stake in protecting the security of the data.
Bonus Tip: As you know, many data security problems involve human factors such as training and incentives. Other than those, many of your security concerns can be resolved quickly by using a high-quality Managed Services Provider (MSP). A good MSP can help your team realize additional infrastructure and productivity benefits while freeing your IT team from mundane tasks so they can focus on activities that add value for your end customer.