Faced with increased penalties and significant reputation damage for serious data or information compliance breaches, it’s hardly surprising to find data protection topping TechTarget's list of enterprise IT priorities in 2012.
Challenging times lie ahead for organisations that don’t adapt to the new risks and opportunities that come with new ways of communicating but organisations that focus only on network security risk taking their eye off the ball. IT consumerisation, smart device proliferation, web-based services and workplace mobility all call for a data-centric approach to information management and protection.
Information is only as good as your ability to use it effectively; organisations looking to achieve high-quality data protection need to know, manage and understand the value of all the data entering and leaving their networks, as well as how it’s being used and by whom. The organisations that meet this challenge will be the ones that are most able to make effective use of their data while mitigating the risks inherent in information exchange.
To this end, more traditional, network-based data protection approaches should be implemented in tandem with contextual information management systems. This allows organisations to simultaneously control and empower their data without impeding its flow. Stopping and blocking might seem like the easiest route to take, but it simply isn’t up to the task and doesn’t reflect the technological realities of the way we do business today – or in the future.