Ask CIOs what keeps them up at night and you’ll hear an array of answers. But chief among their concerns are security (data breaches, unauthorized sharing of credentials, and the like) and downtime (resulting in lost productivity and damaged user confidence). Let’s look at why these issues nag at CIOs and how organizations can start to address them.
Issue: Security threats spell trouble for businessesAs cyber attacks become more sophisticated (remember Dyn’s DDoS attack?), companies around the world recognize the need to prioritize security. Even the U.S. government fought to ensure that no one will manipulate and undermine the integrity of the votes casted for the 2016 U.S. election. Security intelligence matters because it offers the power and confidence to translate findings into action. Yet the sad truth is that security measures are often taken for granted, but their absence often comes with dangerous and unforgettable consequences. That’s why it’s important to proactively anticipate, prevent, and combat security threats. Investing in security measures is not only a no-brainer, but also non-negotiable.
Solution: Minimize the risk of any single point of failureThis sounds like common sense, but it’s important to observe the core principles that govern security in any organization. They include:
- Having at least two data center recovery sites. Any highly distributed, global company needs to be strategically resilient against threats and disasters with globally distributed third-party data centers.
- Certification matters. We’re talking SOC 1, SOC 2, and Enterprise Certification. Not only does certification add trust to your brand, but it also ensures that you are compliant with the latest security standards.