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Data Security for Business - Servers

Businesses handle and store intellectual property and personal information. Often there are multiple entry and exit points where this data can be accessed by unscrupulous people. And with more costly data laws being introduced by governments, securing data has become an absolute requirement for a company's longevity. Server security is a fundamental requirement for protecting data.

Data Security for Business - Employees

Businesses handle and store intellectual property and personal information. Often there are multiple entry and exit points where this data can be accessed by unscrupulous people. And with more costly data laws being introduced by governments, securing data has become an absolute requirement for a company's longevity. Employee security is a fundamental requirement for protecting data.

Data Security for Business - Transmission

Businesses handle and store intellectual property and personal information. Often there are multiple entry and exit points where this data can be accessed by unscrupulous people. And with more costly data laws being introduced by governments, securing data has become an absolute requirement for a company's longevity. Data transmission security is a fundamental requirement for protecting data.

Data Security for Business - Website & Cloud

Businesses handle and store intellectual property and personal information. Often there are multiple entry and exit points where this data can be accessed by unscrupulous people. And with more costly data laws being introduced by governments, securing data has become an absolute requirement for a company's longevity. Website and cloud application security is a fundamental requirement for protecting data.

Insider Threat Mitigation Program

Company employees, contractors, and other insiders poise a significant threat to your data security. If not managed properly, the risk of an intentional or unintentional data breach increases significantly. An insider threat mitigation program ensures the continuous evaluation of operations, employee involvement, and safe keeping of your critical data.

Intellectual Property Use and Protection

Intellectual Property (IP) is highly valuable, and is often considered the crown jewel of a company. It's what separates you from competitors. Others may attempt to steal, copy, or destroy your intellectual capital. Protecting these logical assets usually requires a multi-pronged proactive strategy. IP governance provides a structured approach to identify, develop, protect, defend, exploit, and manage the asset.

Patch Management

Patch management is one of the most important methods for reducing the chance of a cyber crime against your business. However patch management is often a complicated process because of the variety of software used in a company and the effect on a business if a patch rollout fails or is not performed. Reduce the risk of not applying patches by following a structured approach to patch management.

Industrial Control Systems Security

Equipment used in manufacturing processes have special controls and system requirements. Physical danger to employees and even surrounding areas are possible if access to these Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are breached. Because of unique requirements, ICS is segregated from a company's IT network and systems. Adherence to these controls will reduce the risk of exposure to criminal elements.

IOT Device Usage Controls

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are found in nearly every aspect of business and life. Historically security on IoT devices have been lacking, either through design or lack of security updates. Cyber criminals are increasing their attacks against such vulnerabilities. IoT usage controls can greatly shrink the security gaps.

IOT Device Development Controls

Internet of Things (IoT) devices can be physically or virtually connected to computers or other systems. And when a device contains sensitive customer or business information, it becomes a big target for the criminal element. Proper IoT development controls will reduce the security risk to customers using your devices.

BYOD Controls

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is prevalent in the workplace, especially when using contractors and freelancers. When you allow employees to use their personal devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, to access your system or data, whatever is on that device can infect your system. Managing BYOD reduces the cybersecurity risk.

Data Security Policies and Procedures

Data security policies are a starting point for identifying the security issues most important to a business, in addition to providing employees and contractors a guide for how to properly act while on your systems or using the information. Key vulnerabilities include internet usage on a company network, password requirements, email usage, social media postings, and USB usage.

P2P File Sharing Controls

Employees, contractors, vendors, partners, or anyone else sharing and transmitting your valuable data is a potential point for data corruption or loss. Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing is a method to easily swap data between different parties. P2P controls reduce the risk of systems being infected at critical interfaces in the process.

Data Privacy - Program Management

A data privacy management program is a strategic imperative that helps a company navigate the complex landscape of handling personal information. It shields the company from hefty fines and legal consequences, fosters trust with customers and partners, and safeguards an organization's reputation. Privacy measures can enhance the company's competitive advantage in an environment where data protection is increasingly important. Conversely, the absence of a data privacy management program can lead to regulatory non-compliance, legal repercussions, and financial losses. Data breaches and security incidents can erode customer trust, hamper relationships, hinder business opportunities, damage a reputation, and disrupt operations.

Data Privacy - Operations Management

Data privacy controls in a company's operations enable the organization to build and maintain trust with customers, partners, and employees by demonstrating a commitment to continuously safeguard sensitive information. Effective data privacy controls ensure legal compliance with evolving regulations, and protect the company from potential legal repercussions and financial losses associated with non-compliance. Employees must clearly understand the need for operational controls as well as continuous vigilance and monitoring. The absence of operational controls means employees and partners may not provide the necessary attention to prevent negative data privacy incidents and breaches.

Data Privacy - Privacy by Design

Privacy by design (PbD) principles promote the integration of privacy considerations into the design and development of operations, systems, processes, and products. Following PbD principles builds privacy into operations from the outset, enhances customer trust, and potentially offers a competitive edge in privacy-conscious markets. PbD for consumer goods and services specifies high-level requirements for organizations to protect privacy throughout the lifecycle of a product. Conversely, the absence of a PbD program leads to reactive measures, resulting in the challenges to retrofit privacy protections, increased costs, potential legal consequences, operational inefficiencies, reputational damage, compliance issues, and a struggle to adapt to changing privacy regulations.

Data Quality - Program Management

Data is a strategic asset that can lead a company to better decision-making, sustained growth, and a competitive advantage. A data quality governance program helps ensure a company's data assets' accuracy, reliability, and usability. Quality data provides stakeholders with confidence in the integrity of the data they rely on, thereby supporting strategic initiatives and fostering a culture of data-driven insights. Conversely, the absence of a data quality governance program can lead to inaccurate reporting, flawed analytics, and compromised business intelligence. Poor data quality negatively impacts operational efficiency, erodes stakeholder trust, and may result in compliance issues.

Data Quality - Operating Practices

Data quality operational practices ensure the reliability and accuracy of an organization's data, positively impacting decision-making and overall business performance. Operational practices help maintain high data quality standards by implementing measures such as validation checks, automated monitoring, regular assessments, and continuous improvement. On the negative side, the absence of robust data quality operational controls can lead to widespread errors, inefficiencies, and unreliable business processes. Poor data quality jeopardizes the integrity of operational insights, resulting in misinformed decisions, increased operational costs, and diminished trust among stakeholders.