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Information Systems Security: Is Your Company Ready for These Trends?

Posted April 28, 2015 by Jenny Green

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When it comes to information systems security, there’s nothing simple about what businesses are up against in the current climate.

The risk of experiencing a data breach is actually higher than ever. Global security incidents increased 48% from 2013 to 2014 to a total of 42.8 million detected security incidents, according to the Global State of Information Security Survey 2015.

So what will the future bring for the remainder of 2015 and beyond? Here are some security trends that will affect organisations of all sizes:

More data protection rules and regulations.   

We are seeing increasing plans for regulation around the collection, storage and use of information, along with severe penalties for loss of data and breach notification,” wrote Thor Olavrud in an online information security trends story.

Stay up-to-date about data protection laws and legislation in your industry and have a comprehensive data breach response plan.

Security is no longer just an IT issue.

“In 2015, scrutiny of corporate leadership’s management of security may continue to increase in the form of legal and regulatory action after a major incident,” noted the 2015 Second Annual Data Breach Industry Forecast

Appoint a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and make information systems security a company-wide goal.

The growing mobile workforce.

Whether employees use company-provided mobile devices or their own, the trend to stay connected outside the office will continue to grow. All organisations are encouraged to develop good policy guidelines. Industry experts warn that a poorly implemented strategy could lead to accidental security incidents.

Insiders – the biggest threat of all.   

According to the Industry Forecast, employees and negligence are the leading causes of security incidents. Organisations that implement regular information security training with employees and a culture of security committed to safeguarding data will be better positioned for success, it said.

Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing the amount of connectivity – and vulnerability – of valuable information. But as more companies adopt interconnected systems and products, cyber attacks are likely to increase.  

Changing workplace policy.

Rather than just focus on information security training for employees, it’s important to embed positive security behaviour into workplace routine. A perfect example is to implement document destruction best practices. A document shredding partner will provide locked containers for the workplace so that all employees have to do is drop in unwanted documents that are no longer needed. Furthermore, a Shred-all policy removes the responsibility (and risk) of determining what is or isn’t confidential. All documents are destroyed and recycled when no longer needed.

Document management is a critical information security strategy and implementing a document management policy is a crucial step to future-proofing your workplace to avoid a damaging data breach.

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