Data compliance is complex. It requires IT directors and other information experts to understand and apply relevant legislation for data protection, IT security and sector-specific regulations – no easy task in rapidly evolving environment. To stay compliant, businesses should look at data protection not just as a cost, but as an investment in an asset that requires management and protection. Some of the most important things to consider include:
- Compliance is good data protection. From internal and external audits to establishing a password policy and employing ethical hackers, your data protection efforts should be broad in scope and regularly monitored.
- People are central. There’s a tendency to assume that data breeches are external. In fact, one of the most powerful threats to your data is the people who work in your organisation. Either accidentally or maliciously, they can be accountable for small and large-scale data breeches.
- Security breaches are increasing. Data plays a role in every aspect of business, from operations to marketing and finance to logistics. Not everyone can become a data expert, but everyone can become data aware. To combat data breeches, raise the profile of data in your organisation by investing in training programmes and improving the level of awareness
To find out more about business continuity planning, multi-tier protection and the opportunities of big data, watch the data debate.