Tips for Securing Data in a Mobile World

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Data in Motion

Data is increasing and rarely in a state of permanent rest. Like it or not, data moves around.

Sensitive information, in the form of emails, documents, reports and spreadsheets, is found on literally every cloud-based drive, storage device, laptop, handheld and USB device today. This is a real goldmine for an information thief – tapping into the organization's thought process and getting distilled, refined, qualified information that employees have already crafted into useable tools. This is precisely why it is important that security teams rethink security, not in terms of protecting the environment where information exists, but instead securing the information itself, so it is safe from malicious intent wherever it exists.

Today, most of the sensitive and confidential information that a business has – executive communications, orders, reports and strategies – resides on computers and is often shared and accessed via email. An escalating amount of that email is also handled on BYOD devices, which travel with employees wherever they go. While information security teams understand the magnitude of the mobile threat, they are often not exactly sure how to secure information and data that is constantly on the move.

In the last few years, three different security scenarios have emerged – BYOD device flexibility, working outside the office, and the increasing threat of cyber security breaches. Together, they have formed a security threat most IT security teams simply are not able to comprehensively address.

Given the fluid nature of BYOD and related security issues, the next logical step is to approach the data's security independent of the device or location. The best minds in security are now paying attention to the vulnerability (or lack thereof) of the data itself, and less to the device on which it resides. If the data is secure wherever it goes, then where it resides becomes unimportant. 

This slideshow features important IT security points to consider for 2015 and beyond from Watchful Software.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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