Guest Column | September 25, 2013

Four Ways To Minimize The Threat Of Data Breaches

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By Reyna Thompson, Vice President, CONVERGESolv Secure Networking SYNNEX Corporation

The latest security technologies are making systems harder to crack, but data breaches are still very common — so where’s the disconnect? Here are four easy ways to minimize your organization’s chances of being hacked.

Invest in training. Most companies invest in technical training, at least for their IT departments. But all too often, the training stops there. The rest of the company’s employees are left in the dark, putting the entire organization at risk for data breaches. For many companies, the easiest way to minimize data breaches overnight is to arm all employees with the knowledge and information needed to keep information secure. There’s a motto in security: if you can’t crack the system, crack the human. Don’t let your organization fall victim to this increasingly common approach to obtaining private information.

Look at the big picture. In the IT world, we tend to focus on products and sales, forgetting to consider the bigger picture: what keeps those products secure. Even when an IT representative sells a security product, they far too often move on to the next customer and forget to follow up to ensure the product is doing its job. Engaging in the full sales cycle is a must for preventing security breaches. A large part of this involves our next point, assessment. 

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