Life is full uncertainties, and you are never sure of what will happen next. History have proven that even an empire that have existed for hundreds of years can suddenly fall into ruins in just a matter of days. This is also true when it comes to businesses; you have many competitors and if you haven’t been careful on data security, sensitive and valuable information could be accessed by them. This will enable them to develop marketing strategies that could counter your marketing plans or attack you at your weakest point that could lead to the downfall of your business.
If you are an IT professional then you might know how complicated and unpredictable it is to manage and secure your data. Even if you are equipped with the latest security system, it can be easily breached by the attackers using different methods and techniques. If you really want to make sure that our data is secured, you need to know and what the attacker will do next.
True, there are firewalls, intrusion detection, antispyware, authentication servers, and antivirus programs that can be easily downloaded from the internet. However, these programs only serve a specific purpose, they can only do the things that they are programmed to do and cannot make quick decisions based on the current situation since they are only software. On the other hand, the attacker that is trying to illegally gain access to your files is human, he is multi-faceted and if he fails on the first attempt, he will only keep on trying different methods and technique until he breached your data security system.
Your competitors can easily gain information about you without trying to gain access to your data systems. You can unknowingly give valuable information to them. For example, your competitors will know that your employees is lacking in workforce if you have posted a job posting that says “Urgent Hiring: DNS Administrator”. In this way, you not only tell them that you are in need of Administrator but also tell him what kind of administrator you want. He will further get information about it if you have also posted the date when you need to upgrade your systems and which one is to be upgraded. Based on this information, he can formulate plans on how and what time he can gain access to your data systems while it is outdated.
This is the reason why you need to train a person that you can trust on how to effectively manage the data security systems of your company. True you need to pay for the training course and it is approximately $5, 000 but it’s worth it if your asset is worth $100,000 dollars. Despite that fact, statistics show that 75% of the network devices used is misconfigured. This only shows that most company owners don’t take tis mater seriously or neglect training their staff on data security management.
This is the horrible truth about the status of data security system. This is the reason why you need to make sure that you are properly trained and have knowledge about data management. In this way you will be able to avoid data leakage or unknowingly giving your rivals information about your company.
About Author: Guest post contributed by Kerby Smith, on behalf of FileTrek.com – a mobile content management and tracking solution provider that offers Collaborative Online Workspace and Mobile Workforce Management.