Incident response strategies becoming integral to data security

Feb 19, 2015

2015-02-19 Security.jpgSecurity is quickly taking the spotlight for business priorities as more breaches occur on a regular basis, putting sensitive data at risk. While decision-makers want to advance their operations with new technology like cloud and mobile devices, they must understand how to leverage these this equipment without compromising company files. Many organizations are still ill-prepared to deal with a data breach or other security incidents that could result in lost files and extensive recovery expenses. However, with a secure file sharing platform, that could easily change.

Businesses often have numerous concerns to deal with in terms of safety, ensuring that both employees and their sensitive data are well protected. Still, many decision-makers are not focusing enough on the possibility that information can be lost in the event of a natural disaster. According to Staples’ annual workplace safety survey, less than half of employers are prepared for natural disaster events, but 75 percent have a plan in place for fire incidents. In both of these situations, workers can be cut off from their resources, and data losses could occur. However, by leveraging online file sharing, staff members can save their documents onto the platform to continue conducting business and recover essential information when necessary.

Gearing up for data security
As threats become more sophisticated, it will be essential for organizations to have the best tools on hand to deal with data breaches. However, many businesses are still lacking in these efforts. According to a recent report by NTT Group, 77 percent of respondents didn’t have an incident response plan, which means that they could be especially vulnerable to advanced persistent threats and other bugs. With these types of malware becoming more common, it’s important to have some kind of strategy in place in order to deter and respond to attacks.

NTT Group’s Garry Sidaway noted that a company’s response plan should build from information assets and risk insights. Once the plan has been structured, it will also be critical to conduct regular tests to ensure that all staff understand their roles and know how to handle a security incident appropriately.

“Incident response must be designed with an organization’s goals and compliance requirements at the forefront,” Sidaway wrote. “The right intelligence on the impact of any incident will drive a proportionate response and focus resources to minimize damage and disruption. This way, those affected will be able to resume business as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

Category: Data Security