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Data is by far one of the most important assets an organization may have. Naturally, it is vital to ensure it is adequately protected, managed, and used at all times. However, that can often be easier said than done owing to just the ever-evolving nature of the threats to data as well as any potential lapses in the organization’s own internal security measures.
Hence, the maximum utilization of resources that can be leveraged to protect such a vital resource is a business necessity. This interview with Paul Lewis hopes to do just that, giving the readers vital information and insights into best practices, key considerations, and mechanisms that can be used to ensure data is well protected at all times.
As digital transformation seeks to change the behavior of an organization to offer products and services to clients the way they WANT to receive them, companies need to move far away from the concept of exclusively adding MORE engagement, replacing it with BETTER engagement.
Implementing highly immersive and highly personalized customer journeys requires investment in IT programs and building new applications to BOTH:
Understanding and engagement require data. Data on your existing customers, data on customers unknown to you. What they buy, how they buy, who they buy it for, where they are when they buy it. All sensitive, private information. All need appropriate protection.
A few targeted measures:
While there is no real way to completely prevent a data breach or unauthorized access (apart from halting business entirely), there are several best practices that organizations can implement to minimize the risk:
It is FUNDAMENTAL that employees are trained in privacy best practices, especially since the pandemic, where a significant percentage of the workforce is remote. In a massive set of uncontrolled environments, physical and virtual environments, the potential for misuse or mistakes is exponential.
Employees are the first and last defense to protecting clients' private data and need to have recurring education on policy, the procedure of breach, do’s and don’ts, regulatory and legislative boundaries and expectations, and the potential impact of problems.
Fortunately, employees are keenly aware of the importance of their own personal data and appreciate the benefit of keeping that information secure for themselves and their families. They jump at the chance to learn more and adhere to the policy and procedures.
Privacy impact assessments should be BOTH an ongoing exercise AND implemented as a core foundation of application development. Secure coding guidelines and privacy impact guidelines should be part of development frameworks, unit and integration tested through sprints, and regularly audited throughout the process and in production.
The tech industry is rapidly undergoing one of the most transformative periods in recent memory. Leaps in technology, traditional roles being redefined, and a combination of regulation and globalization has meant that organizations have had to adopt a radically proactive approach to tackle these challenges.
The aforementioned interview represents one important step towards adopting a radically proactive approach by leveraging the insights provided by an industry expert. Used properly, organizations can not only avoid any direct threats to their data assets but also take necessary remedial measures to improve their own internal security infrastructure and practices.
DISCLAIMER: This interview represents the opinions of Paul Lewis. The content here is for information purposes only. Securiti is hosting this blog post but did not edit the content of this review.
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