7 key steps to protect your business in the data era
In the intelligence economy era, data is at the heart of every process within a company. Now, as its main intangible asset, it must be systematically secured.
Data attacks impact the entire company.
The time of impenetrable walls has passed: companies are opening up the boundaries of their information system in order to respond to the issues of digital transformation. By moving in heterogeneous environments, data is finding itself exposed to risks that go beyond simple disclosure: the alteration or deletion of sensitive information can compromise the company’s day-to-day operations.
Reinforced regulatory pressure:
Trusting in digital is becoming a real challenge to society, which justifies the reinforcement of data protection regulations. The recent compliancy requirements of the GDPR are just one illustration of the phenomenon: a company that does not correctly secure its data is risking financial sanctions.
Perimeter protection has moved on:
Historically we have protected information systems, but the perimeter approach is no longer relevant as data is everywhere. Big data and the resultant new analysis capacities have lifted the technological barriers that prevented a truly systemic approach. Data security concerns us all.
7 steps for global data protection
Skilled workers must be involved in order to protect data. They must take part in asset assessments, in defining risks and in creating alert or response procedures should an incident arise. This governance is not fixed, however: agile and collaborative, it will adapt to the developments of employees and operations.
The explosion in the volume of data imposes that a system be implemented that can chart, identify and locate data before classifying it by level of sensitivity. Developed with the support of big data type analysis solutions, this comprehensive mapping will then feed into the decision-making tools and dashboards of any company.
3. Access management
A single entry point protected by a digital guard dog no longer works. In ever more heterogeneous environments, access is controlled as close as possible to the entry point. It is supervised transversally using analytical solutions able to check, process and archive all access requests so as to guarantee that the right person will consult the right data in the right place.
Governing is predicting: to protect data it must go through the creation of tools and procedures specialised in analysing incidents and reacting in case of an alert. The company therefore needs a foundation on which it can build then develop these cybersecurity services according to the emergence of new risks.
There can be no security without traceability. Data leak protection solutions are able to detect harmful behaviours. Alongside this the company will develop procedures devoted to processing these alerts on a daily basis. But who sends the alert, who qualifies the incident, and who intervenes? Operational surveillance involves services devoted to both services and professions.
In case of a known intrusion, remediation must not be left to chance. The exercise is complex: we must identify the system concerned, locate the compromised data, seal off the breach and ensure that compliancy is resumed in regard to security standards. In some cases, the procedure can be predicted. Other situations require real crisis management which must be defined beforehand.
Effective data protection is one thing, but trust – which is earned through suitable communication – is another. Workers need to know that they are controlling their activity based on reliable data whose integrity has not been tampered with. Communicating on security and the consequences of an intrusion means that the company can be made aware of the value of data and actively take part in building trust.
By managing cybersecurity as close as possible to daily operations, the company will be armed with a 360° view of the way in which its data circulates. It knows who is using it, how and why it is being used, and uses this intelligence to build an environment based on trust that is needed to develop its activities, as well as for exploring new strategic opportunities.