There is no question that new and better security solutions are needed in order to protect and contain data. Multiple breaches that have occurred over the past two years make it evident that not only large corporations but also individual computer and Android users are at extreme risk. Simply put, everyone needs to take measures to keep information private.
Although there are many threats, three areas in particular need boosted protection, including the cloud, the “bring your own device” trend, and remote workers (employees who work from home or other off-site locations).
- The Cloud – Today, roughly 40 percent of all Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems sold around the globe are cloud based. These systems are designed to manage interactions of a company with existing and future customers. Often, technology is used for organization, synchronization, and automation of sales, customer service, marketing, and support. An increase of almost four times in the number of financial institutions that plan to invest in the cloud has been noted since this option of data storage was first introduced.
- Bring Your Own Device – Also referred to as “BYOD,” employees bringing their own device is becoming commonplace among companies. Concerns exist for the security of devices, as well as any associated data. Currently, 65 percent of employees use personal devices at work, including iPads, iPhones, Androids, Windows devices, and Blackberry phones, even if it goes against current company policy. Unfortunately, of those employees, 77 percent admit to having no education pertaining to the risks associated with BYODs.
- Remote Workers – In the past 10 years, the number of employees who work from remote locations has increased 80 percent, bringing the total to around 3.2 million. When questioned, 46 percent of remote workers said files between home and work devices have been shared, while 75 percent claim to have no guards of privacy in place when conducting work in a public location.
Fighting Ongoing Threats
Although the number, types, and occurrences of threats against data security have grown significantly, new options for protection have been developed. For example, Project Skynet is said to be a lightweight and next-generation solution that gives companies the ability to be more independent of devices and platforms.
Companies like Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Cisco, and others are taking these threats seriously and, as such, have come up with some unique options for protection.
- Dell – Toward the end of last year, Dell announced a new security solution that provides protection to companies of all sizes. Included is a Cloud Edition complete with Dropbox for Businesses.
- Hewlett-Packard – Just this month, HP made a statement that because its IT systems are constantly evolving and becoming more complex, it is vital to have better security in the cloud, on mobile platforms, through remote workers, and virtually everywhere. Based on this, the company agreed to acquire Voltage Security, a well-known and highly respected data security provider.
- Cisco – Like other companies, Cisco has expanded its data center security solutions and advanced malware protection in a direct response to more sophisticated and advanced threats to networks and the cloud.
Along with an increasing number of threats to data are newer and better methods of protection. Understanding the risks can be overwhelming, which is why it is so critical to look into one of the newer and more innovative data protection solutions now available.