Where are the threats coming from?
It’s a misconception that all data breaches are perpetrated by criminals who manage somehow to sneak into your office workplace and use highly advanced hacking skills to steal your data. The reality however is that most data loss occurs from insider threats, i.e. a malicious threat to an organisation that comes from the people within it, such as employees, former employees, contractors or business associates, who’ve inside information concerning its security practices, data and computer systems. Businesses need to protect their data from both internal and external attack, from malicious attacks and thoughtless user behaviours.
Technology innovations are making the office workplace ever more porous for data, not less. With Gartner estimating over 20 billion things will be connected globally by 2020, the job of data protection isn’t set to get any easier. With more smart devices in the office than ever before, from cloud-connected printers to email enabled smartwatches, the number of touchpoints potentially vulnerable to attack is increasing at a rapid rate.