Top Data Security Practices Every CISO Needs to Know in 2021

The burden of responsibility for an organization’s information and data security is heavy, particularly when it’s not a question of ‘whether’, but ‘when’ a cybersecurity attack will occur on the watch. If data is stolen in a high-profile data breach or the operation is turned upside down by human error, the financial and reputational consequences will last for years.

In terms of data protection, CISOs have their job cut out for them with information being shared at ever faster and greater volumes, often in hybrid, complex IT environments. The total cost of a data breach is projected to be $3.92 million, according to an IBM report.

While factoring in the remote worker situations, which seem to be here to stay in some form, it’s clear that business-critical data is now more fragile than ever. Luckily, there are also more options available to protect it against fraud, human error, and manipulation.

Data security initiatives are an example of a corporate balancing act, as all initiatives can fall in line with the overall organization’s strategy. As CISOs, having a better understanding of the business will help make organizational data protection practices more efficient. So, let’s take a look at some of the most essential qualities that today’s CISOs need to possess to be successful in 2021 and beyond.

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Data security best practices

All other security initiatives are built on the foundation of data security. Protection controls aimed at apps, endpoints, networks, and the perimeter will be weakened if they are not guarded against, right from the start. End-to-end protections around the business-critical assets can be achieved by both constructive and reactive measures.

Understand different types of data and where it is stored

CISOs admitted that data visibility is their biggest cybersecurity vulnerability, according to a new 2021 HelpSystems report. After all, how can businesses continue to properly monitor and regulate their data if they have no idea what data they have, where it is stored, how it is shared, or who has access to it. A detailed understanding of this data will greatly improve a company’s ability to monitor and maintain its privacy, as well as contribute to a more focused and appropriate technology solution.

Organize the Data

Without context as to which data requires monitoring and security, the growing standards — compliance, regulatory, and legislative that companies must respond to can be daunting. If companies wish to secure public, financial, or personally identifiable information (PII) information, data classification may serve as the foundation for adding additional security layers as data travels.

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Recognize the Routes of Data

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