5 tips to prevent data breaches

Security

by Duncan MacRae| 27 January 2014

Andy Aplin, technical director at IT security specialist Accumuli, talks us through five important things companies can do to protect themselves from a data breach.

In a fast-changing threat landscape organisations are searching for the oneperfect solution that will offer their networks 100% security.

However, the truth is that there is no magic formula to guard a business against a data breach, especially considering the proliferation of trends such as BYOD, the consumerisation of IT and cloud. Add the human element into the equation and there is a lot for IT security staff to consider with threats coming externally, as well as from within the organisation.

Andy Aplin, technical director at IT security specialist Accumuli, talks us through five important things companies can do to protect themselves from a data breach.

Complete Visibility

First off, you need to know where the threats are coming from and be able to identify them as early as possible. This happens when IT security teams have complete visibility over the infrastructure - knowing where the sensitive data is, where the potential weaknesses are, where the threats are coming from and all of this in real-time.

Having an SIEM (security information and event management) platform that correlates information from security technologies and logs activities across the network allows the IT security team to do this and be more proactive in its approach.

It is also crucial to know what devices are on your network - especially difficult with employees using their own devices for work purposes - where they are accessing the network from, and what they are accessing. This helps create and institute a plan that limits access to certain information from specific devices or places on the network.

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