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United States : 5 ways to establish secure data and policies

June 28, 2014

At Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in Washington, analysts observed that most businesses, different groups are responsible for information management and information security, resulting in redundant, conflicting policies and strategies. Getting them aligned requires balancing the quality and availability of information resources with risk exposure.

The 2014 Strategic Security Survey shows that many organizations fall into the gap between locking down sensitive information and promoting ease-of-use for their employees. The biggest area of concern isn't security , it is the balance between security and the ability to allow for business to continue.

This poses a major challenge for IT professionals to understand the scope of information and data resources that exist throughout the organization.

The other side of the equation is managing who gets access to what, which is no easy feat.

5 Questions to Ask About Protecting Your Data, Scott Lang, Dell s Director of Solution Marketing IT Security, said security should never inhibit workers from using the data and information they need. Instead, security organizations must ask themselves, How can we ensure that users can access the right data remotely when they need to?

Lang outlined a 5-part resource assessment that organizations can follow to establish access policies and secure data channels.

1. Where is the data? What is most at risk?

2. How should data be categorized to minimize risk?

3. How should access be established and enforced to ensure compliance?

4. How can application access be secured to minimize data loss?

5. How can data be protected anywhere it goes?

IT security professionals should take a leadership role in answering these questions, as well as applying the technology solutions to which they point. By doing that, they can help to streamline secure business processes, so that it becomes an enabler instead of an inhibitor to the organization s agility.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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