Securing data from abuse and theft has become a major concern for organizations of all kinds. Client data that is compromised can send profit margins tumbling. Loss of sensitive data can lead to audits and penalties from government regulators along with bad press that stains a company’s reputation.
Today data is further exposed by accessibility to mobile devices and cloud computing. Firewalls and anti-virus software aren’t as effective. The business IT trend is toward data-centric measures, as security becomes more a part of the data itself.
Businesses are stepping up
Solutions for data security may be a tiered approach involving multiple stages of user authentication, such as a combination of passwords and biometrics. Corporations have already adopted network policies that require frequent and regular password changes. Cyber security budgets are soaring. Clients are fully expecting that cutting-edge security measures be in place to safeguard account information.
The rise of mobile commerce has also seen a growth in mobile payment systems. Billions of mobile phones are in use around the world, and these users are rightly anxious about protecting themselves every time they use some 3rd-party app to make a purchase.
With the heightened demand for data security, there is a lack of professionals qualified to implement the latest security software against the latest threats.
Rise of the CSO
CEOs want to hand the responsibility over to Chief Security Officers. The CSO evaluates the digital environment to identify and contain possible threats. Salary demands pale beside the threat of a single hacking attempt causing bankruptcy. No one can guarantee immunity to cyber criminals, but businesses are recruiting specialists who understand hacker methods and how to stop them.
CSOs outline strategies and budget, and drive home the need for adhering to policies that reduce risk. The CSO must effect a balance between making security a core concern while managing resources so as not to undermine business processes.
CSOs are needed not just to implement technical security, but to provide leadership and training in averting a digital catastrophe.
Affordable IT Security
Some companies simply can’t afford the higher salaries that come with CSOs. Perhaps a better alternative is outsourcing to a managed IT provider who already has the skills to implement security across your network.
If protecting your data seems like a daunting burden, you can contact CTG Tech and let experts step into the role of your CSO – a simpler and more cost-effective solution.