Avoid Lengthy Pit Stops Along the Road to the Data Protection Finish Line

Avoid Lengthy Pit Stops Along the Road to the Data Protection Finish Line
Avoid Lengthy Pit Stops Along the Road to the Data Protection Finish Line

An alarming number of organizations today are doing the bare minimum to meet compliance standards and build a total data protection strategy. They are completely unaware of the data security race as news reports of recent cyberattacks and breaches show a surge in perpetrators gaining control of critical data.

These malicious actions could ultimately threaten your brand, damage customer loyalty and weaken the integrity of data in business decision-making. By reviewing the course ahead and evaluating the potential impact of lengthy pit stops along the way, you can gain insight to fend off data breaches and plan the best route to your organization’s data protection destination.

Know Where the Speed Traps Are

Ignoring the posted regulations won’t be easy when — not if — you get pulled over in a regulatory audit speed trap, so to speak. Organizations must demonstrate data security and privacy compliance to common regulations such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

And now, the European Union (EU)’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect in May 2018, requires multinational organizations to disclose data breaches within 72 hoursor face large penalties. This means that successful attacks will become much more visible for consumers. This regulation also has international reach, forcing any organization that processes data of EU subjects to be in compliance and audit-ready or face potentially huge fines.

Inspect for Worn Treads and Leaks

As the value of data grows, sophisticated cybercriminals are accelerating the frequency and scope of attacks at an alarming rate. At the same time, malicious insiders are continuing to ramp up the types of extraction methods to gain access and steal valuable data. Organizations must be prepared to combat these threats at any time by continuously scanning for vulnerabilities and analyzing the data infrastructure for potential gaps and unprotected sensitive data.

Avoid Unnecessary Detours and Delays

Cloud computing enables businesses to become more mobile and agile. However, the breakneck speed of cloud-bound sensitive data can stress outdated security infrastructures, cause operational inefficiencies and severely impede the performance of systems and staff.

You can’t afford to be slowed down while cybercriminals are quickening their pace. Organizations need to become more agile to address vulnerabilities in their systems and automate manual processes, moving fast enough to effectively overcome roadblocks and obstacles.

The Road to Total Data Protection

To get started on the road to total data protection, we invite you to attend the IBM InterConnect 2017conference, scheduled for March 19 to 23 in Las Vegas. InterConnect features a specialized curriculum for security professionals, covering threat protection, incident response, mobile security, application and data security, identity and access management and more.

Take this opportunity to engage with leading security and data protection experts and learn how to protect your enterprise from these speed traps, obstacles and hazards — otherwise known as regulators, cyberattackers and insiders.

Learn More at InterConnect 2017

While many questions will be answered as part of the InterConnect 2017 conference, the top five include:

  1. How do you prioritize sensitive data to mitigate risk?
  2. Why is compliance only a pit stop along the road to total data protection?
  3. How do you leverage behavioral and cognitive analytics to monitor all data access by administrators, users and service providers?
  4. When can a data-centric approach to security become an agile business initiative for competitive advantage?
  5. What are the key data protection use cases that drive business value and cost savings?

At-a-Glance Listing of Data Security, Privacy and Protection Sessions

Please note that this is only intended to provide a sneak peek of some of the exciting and informative sessions coming to InterConnect 2017 and may be subject to change.

InterConnect 2017 Schedule

The road to success is paved with your priorities and how you go about addressing them. Prepare now! Don’t wait until you are spinning your wheels. Engage with Watson to check out the full agenda of sessions, and follow @IBM_Guardium for all the latest data security news and announcements during the conference.


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