Tips for Securing Data in a Mobile World

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Beyond Security Perimeters

Data exists to be consumed and BYOD is far beyond perimeter network defenses.

The genie is out of the bottle and BYOD is a fact of everyday working life for many. We live in a world where information must exist outside of the traditional network security perimeters in order for work to be accomplished. With the advent of a) global distributed business units, b) BYOD, and c) the cloud, there is no such thing as a secure perimeter anymore. The question is not IF your network will be breached, it's simply a question of when and by whom. The industry needs to move from network-centric security to data-centric security.

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.


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