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The New Year is here, and if Information Security trends from last year are at all telling, 2015 will be a very important year to pay close attention to the security of your sensitive data. Here are 5 Security Tips to keep in mind to protect yourself and your organization in 2015.
- Cybersecurity – Organized crime in the 21st century has a new name – Cybercrime. We are all too familiar with the headlines declaring the most recent retail hack. However, in 2015, the possibility of a breach is not only threatening to our credit card numbers, but also healthcare information, intellectual property, personally identifiable information, and more. Now that companies are beginning to “understand” the increasing severity of these attacks, they need to fully prepare to withstand any attack by investing in security.
- Privacy and Regulation – Laws and regulations that mandate safeguards and the use of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are nothing new. What’s changing? Reactionary fines have been replaced with proactive supervisory The government isn’t waiting for a breach to inspect your compliance. However, thinking about implementing appropriate safeguards only for the sake of compliance with these laws to avoid heavy fines and penalties can be dangerous. Privacy should be looked at from a risk-based perspective. Following these laws and regulations can help prevent against loss of business and reputational harm.
- Vendor Management – Strategic outsourcing of consumer focused business processes comes with significant risk. According to federal legislation, the risk itself cannot be outsourced, it must be managed. Increasing governmental scrutiny has only magnified that risk. Threats from third-party providers demand that you control the supply chain. Do you have evidence to support that your vendors are compliant?
- Wearable Technology – Wearable technology is everywhere. While simplifying the ability to “connect”, these new pieces of technology also introduce new risk to your organization. Be proactive about securing wearables just like any other mobile device, and make sure your BYOD policy is up-to-date and enforced. Minimize the threat of a data leak.
- Your Weakest Link – Your People – Everyone’s heard “you’re only as strong as your weakest link”. In the world of Information Security, this adage should be on the forefront of every business owner’s mind. Protect your people. Educate your people. Setting the tone from the top is essential when promoting healthy security awareness in the workplace. When those who “sign the checks” focus on security, everyone else will too.