It used to be that organizations’ information (either its own, or data that was entrusted to the organization) was relatively safe. In the days before computers and the popularity of the Internet, someone could physically remove information. For that part, even that could happen today. But let’s face it, in today’s information-crazed economy, data is ubiquitous and information is golden. Gaining access to it and stealing it is no longer a rare event, either. Nor is it isolated to larger companies or companies that have “sexy” data (yes, I did just use those two words in the same sentence). If you don’t believe that your organization is a target, then you must read my article “Protect Your Data”, in this month’s Smart Business Magazine.
In fact, it is not a question of “If”, but rather a question of “when” your organization will be faced with a data breach. Your job, therefore, is to get that risk as low as possible and to make the impact of a data breach as low as possible when it does occur.