It doesn’t take much convincing that businesses of all sizes must — MUST! — protect their data to compete in today’s economy. You certainly don’t want the added expense, lost revenue, botched operations and public relations black eye that follow a data breach. (Not to mention the costly violations depending on your industry’s compliance standards.)
Data protection has always been important, but the last couple of years have been particularly rough in the cybersecurity realm. John Lucker, a principal at Deloitte Consulting, told CIO magazine that not only are customers looking for reassurance around privacy and security issues, they’re also looking for a visible senior executive in charge. “Consumers need to know that someone is looking out for their interests,” he says.
In a related piece titled “Welcome to the post-Sony world — it’s going to get ugly,” Geekwire says a lack of “bold action” to protect data, holds some of the blame for recent hacking woes. “Nobody I know who works in cybersecurity thinks things are going to get better,” writes tech journalist Bob Sullivan. The trouble with Anthem and countless other companies, he argues, is that they don’t “see value in the data the way consumers do, and the way hackers do.”
Change must come, warns Sullivan. “Data is everyone’s business now. Firms need to actually take the protection of [their customers’] data seriously, not merely say they do in letters revealing they’ve been hacked.”
What does the right protection look like for your organization? We’d love to point you in the right direction, whether or not we end up working together. Drop us a note or give us a call and let us know what burning question we can help answer.
Until then, we bid you adieu in Sullivan’s words: “See you in another week or two when the next big hack hits.”