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72% of businesses don’t have the right operational infrastructure or necessary processes in place to detect and respond to an IT data breach.

Suffering a data security attack costs businesses millions annually, but it’s not just the financials that you need to have on your radar.

From the same survey, 68% of businesses cited that reputation would take a bigger hit than finances should they incur a breach of data, adding to the already large list of consequences following an attack.

Even with advanced technologies at our disposal, preparation is the only thing you can do, or more importantly, reconfigure organisational operations to work under the impression that you’ve already been targeted.

Being proactive in the face of cyber security enhances your defence strategy against an enemy that has already dominated a lot of the battlefield.

If you take a look at your current infrastructure and notice the following, it’s evident your business isn’t in a healthy position to fend off a data security breach.

Your operations are static

The office is no longer the sole environment for working, for many reasons including employee productivity and agility.

It’s the latter that can make the difference between surviving an IT data breach and losing to one.

Operating remotely and in the cloud does present security challenges, but it also means in light of being targeted by malicious malware or phishing scams for example, you can react quickly.

An agile business is fluid; it can help detect the source of a breach without labour intensive manual investigation and it can combat the breach away from the physical office to minimise disruption.

Operations that remain stagnant in the digital world will not be able to keep up with the more sophisticated types of attacks we’re seeing.

Your employees aren’t educated on the data security policy

To mitigate the risk of financial and business continuity losses, it’s just as vital to look internally as well as externally when it comes to data security.

If your staff are either completely or only partially aware of your data protection policy, you automatically open up the potential for misuse of data.

Your employees have day-to-day access to confidential and sensitive information that, if unaware of regulations, they can easily share with unauthorised people or save to insecure databases.

Conducting annual training and security awareness sessions help to relay the established policies and formulate a degree of understanding and respect for data protection.

Your IT system is a singular source

Large incumbent on-premise systems harbouring exponential amounts of data are a threat unto businesses themselves.

If hit by a data security breach, the downtime experienced is costly as your IT team have to investigate data on a monumental scale; essentially it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

On-premise IT systems aren’t scalable like hosted IT solutions, and they’re reactive to cyber security threats.

However businesses are adopting a hybrid model approach, where both coexist in technological harmony.

Data breaches are on the rise and pose massive threats to your business operations.

To effectively prepare for now and the future, download our free roadmap: ‘The State of IT Security & Beyond: Your 2017 Roadmap For Risk-Free IT, developed especially with your business operations in mind.

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