Thursday, May 17, 2012

4 Fatal Gaps

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CDW for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

There is no question that technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years.  It doesn't if you are a small business owner operating out of a home office, or a large corporation with employees  in multiple locations, we all have a good portion of our business tied to technology.  With all of those technological advancements, come even more opportunities for our business secrets to get into the wrong hands.

CDW is a company that specializes in developing products and strategies to keep your business secrets, well, secret.  They have identified the 4 Fatal Gaps that could exist in your security network.  They specialize in helping businesses, small and large, to close those gaps and to keep their data secure.  Briefly, the 4 potential gaps are as follows.

  1. Threat Management- we constantly hear about organizations that have had their systems hacked and exposing sensitive data to outsiders.
  2. Mobility & Always on security- so much of our business data has become mobile, from smartphones and laptops.  Business travelers always have their laptops, and sadly, as many of 10% of laptops end up lost and stolen, and most are never recovered.
  3. Data Loss Prevention- this can occur with data that ends up compromised from within the organization.  Something as simple as sending a file to a wrong email address can cause harm to an organization.
  4. Securing the Cloud- more and more we hear about cloud computing where data is stored on third party servers.  Those servers need to be protected by firewalls and data encryption to keep all of that data secure.

Data loss prevention is imperative in today business world.  We live in a world where the fastest growing crime out there is identity theft.  Having the personal information of your customers compromised can be devastating to a business.  Likewise, having your business strategies and customers fall into the hands of your competitors can hurt immensely.

I had a friend at one job who lost his job due to compromising data of our organization.  His intentions were entirely honorable.  He was emailing files to his home email in order to work from home since we did not have a virtual private network at the time.  The company suspected that he was using the data for other purposes, so they fired him.  Unlike my friend, there are those that would have less than honorable intentions with that data. 

CDW can help you to minimize the threat to all of these different threats to your data security.  They have programs for any size organization, whether it is a small business with a couple employees or a large company with employees in multiple locations.  Check out this video and sign up to receive a free summary of the 4 Fatal Gaps to learn more.

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