I think we’d all agree to this statement: Companies need to be profitable and they need to keep their data safe. Believe it or not, these two directives can be worlds apart, as expressed by the research gathered below.
Today’s blog post will focus studies compiled from Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) when it comes to their practices to keep their company’s files protected and the impact this has on their end user relationships.
According to recent surveys from VansonBourne,, Juniper Research and IDC of IT staff:
First and foremost, the general trend in the industry is shifting away from a prohibition approach to a virtualized application isolation environment. This is similar to a developmental sandbox environment where users can download documents, open emails and access apps without impacting the day-to-day operations of the company. Once the data is scrubbed from the virtualized system, it can be transferred to the production environment, usually without the end user knowing the difference between them.
Second, CIOs and their staff need to be aware of the productivity hits within the organization and find a way to meet in the middle. If productivity is consistently hampered, employees will leave, market positions will fall, and profitability will suffer. The solutions implemented need to be bought in company-wide.
Third, the CISO position should be an enterprise position reporting to the President or COO of the organization. The cybersecurity team must work with every department or division of an organization to integrate the right solution to minimally impact productivity. If they are on the same level, the CISO can educate his or her peers about the dangers of malware, ransomware and phishing in a much more proactive approach.
Fourth, hire a cybersecurity firm. If your company experiences one or more data breaches, many negative things can unfold including: public backlash, lost sales, tarnished brand, lawsuits and the one thing this article is focused on…low or no productivity. If your data is encrypted by a cybercriminal, your employees can be sent home until the ransomware is paid and the data back in house, which may entail weeks, if not, months. A cybersecurity firm can help with application isolation, monitoring your system and preventing attacks in the first place.
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