What It Really Takes to be Secure

Data security is a core business process, not a compliance exercise.

June 13, 2016 • Published by

What’s Your Data Security Approach?

Growth and change is inherent to any healthy organization, but that positive change can have a negative impact on the security of your organization's data.

Have you considered what it really takes for your organization to be secure? If not, it's probably time to ask some hard questions, the first being - Do we approach data security as a core business process or as a compliance exercise?

When the focus is on compliance, security almost always takes a back seat. That's because we tend to become methodical in our thinking, doing only what's required to "check the boxes." Keep in mind, however, that compliance is simply a snapshot in time of how well your organization is adhering to a particular standard.

Security, on the other hand, is the day-to-day process of protecting your organization's assets from both internal and external threats. As such, security has to be an essential part of your organization's technological and business structure.

How Do You Make Security Core to Your Business?

Security involves a higher level of scrutiny, and regardless your business type or size, you have to understand what your risk vectors are. This is why risk assessment is very important, because it allows you to quickly identify the areas in which your organization is exposed.

Savvy startups bake security into their strategy from the beginning.  Processes, applications and even cultures that are created without security risk management in the mix early often experience a higher risk and pain factor when systems are re-architected to support growth.

That said, it's never too late to incorporate security into your core business strategy.

How Can Your Ensure Your Organization is Secure?

Check out this ControlScan video from our "Ask the Expert" YouTube playlist to learn more about the important considerations for your business's data security approach:

Build a Foundation of Strong Security Practices.

Whether your organization is young and growing fast or more established, don't let security get left behind. Examining your processes on a regular basis and aligning them to your risks and attack vectors is critical to maintaining the security of your organizational assets over the long term. ControlScan has experts that can help. Request information on our managed security solutions or give us a call at 800-825-3301, ext. 2.

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