So why are organisations not focusing more on data security?

Many organisations underestimate the threat of data breach, in particular, insider threats.

 
Infoready implemented IBM Guardium® Database Activity Monitor to prevent unauthorised data access, providing alerts regarding suspicious changes or leaks.

 
With advances in data monitoring technologies, businesses can gain a great deal more insight into the behaviour of organisational insiders, in turn developing smarter, more intuitive security decisions and reducing business risk from the perimeter, all the way to the kernel of the operating system.

 
There is a significant amount of effort and investment in countering external threats, but despite significant advancements in cyber technology, the predictive intelligence products do not yet exist to accurately determine where or when the intrusion or hack events will take place. However, no predictive skills are required when it comes to how much risk stems from organisational insiders.

 
With the right solutions in place, businesses can much more rapidly analyse and assess where internal threats are likely to emerge, and it is here that data monitoring intelligence has much to offer.

 
Taking charge of data security starts with gaining a thorough understanding of the data that exists within your organisation. Some which will be readily available and some that may take weeks or even months to acquire a solid understanding.

 

Where is my data?

Document what data exists and where is it located. The three classes of data to look for are Transactional, Analytical and Master Data.

 

Who has access?

Next, you need to know who is accessing your data, what they are attempting to do with it and is it aligned with your policies. The importance of having such awareness was made evident in the recent “IBM X-Force 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index” report where insiders represented 60 percent of all attacks in 2015 and comprised of both malicious actors and those that mistakenly allowed or enabled attacks on data.

IBM X-Force 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index – 60 percent of attacks were carried out by those who had insider access to organizations’ systems

 

What Data matters most?

Finally, understand and classify which data is at the heart of your business to ensure the most valuable information is protected first.

 
The message is clear: anyone trusted with access to an enterprise network poses a potential risk, whether by accident or by design. Active data monitoring and use of technologies that have intelligent anomaly detection inside the business can help curtail the most clear and present danger posed by those already inside the company networks.

 
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