Are You Taking Data Security Seriously?

The increase of high-profile security breaches should prompt security experts to figure out new ways to protect our data. Let’s get real – data will always be vulnerable, but the companies that hold our data need to come up with newer and better ways to secure it.


20 January 2014

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The answer, according to a Wall Street Journal report by Farhad Manjoo, is an emphatic “No.” 

Having cataloged recent data thefts reported by Snapchat and Target , Manjoo argues that 2013 has been a splendid year for the thieves, with record levels of data breaches. He goes on: "I'm not breaking any news in declaring that we live in an age ruled by hackers, by people who, for reasons both noble and savage, are systematically breaking into every valuable cache of information stored in any digital format anywhere.

Should we get used to a permanent state of insecurity?" Manjoo again says “No,” and we agree.

The increase of high-profile data security breaches should prompt security experts to figure out new ways to protect our data. Let’s get real – data will always be vulnerable, but the companies that hold our data need to come up with newer and better ways to secure it. More importantly, security should no longer be an afterthought – it should be a focus in companies’ IT and security strategy.

We should not ignore our own responsibility either. As consumers of IT, we all too often fail to take security seriously.

Organizations need to realize that while convenience is important, securing data should be at the forefront of the minds of CIOs and CISOs of companies across the world. Solutions that provide the ease of use everyone wants while simultaneously combining it with high level of IT security are vital.

In an information economy, information security should be fundamental. It is everyone’s responsibility.