Information is power and this is especially true when we are talking about a corporate organization of any kind. Businesses have to stay ahead of the competition by harnessing innovation and the right kind of information to produce products and services that stand apart in the market.
It therefore becomes imperative to protect information.
For a business organization, information security is all about ensuring that information is safe from:
• Unauthorized access by employees
• Tampering or modification of any kind
• Recording of the information
Information security threats
According to many studies, threats to information security come from areas such as:
• Regulation and compliance
• Protecting data privacy
• Sophisticated technology employed by cyber criminals
• Third party providers that are aware of a company’s operation
• The rise of BYO or ‘bring your own’ devices and even applications into the workplace.
It therefore becomes extremely important to manage information security threats, regardless of where and how they emerge.
It is very important for a business organization to conduct strategic audits for employees, business partners, third-party vendors and suppliers, employees and staff and even competition. Such strategic audits and investigations should result in comprehensive knowledge of what the potential threats can do to a business organization.
The rise of technology such as cloud computing and even biometric systems means that a business organization can employ the best in class security technology to protect its intelligence and information. Access controls and even specialised training for security personnel are extremely important when it comes to managing information security threats.
Wireless technology – a boon and a bane
There is no denying the fact that the growth of wireless technology has enabled better business operations all over. But it is also means an increase in bugging or Unauthorized tapping into confidential information. Therefore, it is extremely important to deploy information security measures that will identify any possible irregularities in an atmosphere, which runs on wireless technology.
Physical security measures
Sometimes, good old-fashioned physical security measures which consists of trained security personnel, chain-link fences, guard dogs, alarm bells and so on also need to be deployed when it comes to protecting information. It would be useful for a business organization to employ the services of a company that is aware of physical security measures and the necessity to identify any vulnerability in the same. Training for manpower is an essential ingredient in this measure.
This is becoming exceedingly important because a lot of business organizations are taking to the cyber domain when it comes to dissemination of information. Cyber security measures need a lot of expertise and it is extremely critical for a business organization to invest in the best in class and the most modern security measures, which can cater to current and future threats. It is also important to have a system, which reports live on the security status of the system, and deploys swift counter attacks when under threat.
Managing information security therefore has to bring together physical and cyber measures.