At NYIT’s Annual Cybersecurity Conference 2015 recently, experts from industry, government and academia gathered to discuss the state of cybersecurity and the growing threat of data loss from mobile devices. As with many discussions on the topic, it is clear that cyber attacks are coming at an accelerating pace, targeting the valuable and increasingly mobile data accumulating within organizations. Although all agree that it’s important to “get ahead of the curve” to prevent attacks, it is just as important to remain resilient.
“The unrelenting velocity of information requires fast decisions; speed is key, as is resiliency,” said Rob Evans, director of business development, Air Command and Control Solutions at Northrop Grumman. As such, he noted, we are “seeing a shift from cyber security to cyber resiliency, and the need to predict and prepare for vulnerabilities.”
Resiliency means having the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and the ability to recover from disruptions, which could be deliberate cyber attacks or the inadvertent loss of data through mistake or misuse. In data security, this means that having a data breach response plan and team in place is key to remaining mobile, quickly, following a security incident in order to manage the business impact. This resiliency reflects a shift in mindset that recognizes data security as a business issue, not a technical issue.
When we look at this shift, it becomes important not just to protect data, but to have immediate alerts if data may be at risk, and immediate steps you can take to remediate compromised systems and minimize damages. Technology such as Absolute DDS can alert your IT team to irregularities in software, hardware or user behaviour, with automatic protections in place to freeze a device, with options for IT to remotely recover or delete data if needed. Learn more about how our team can assist you with your risk response and investigations here.