New technology trends pose new security threats to businesses. CompTIA reports that 64% of companies report a “drastic or moderate” change to their security approach. In their survey, more than half of businesses recognize opportunities within their organization for security improvement. IT security priorities are currently focused on developing new corporate policies and educating employees. Businesses are no longer solely relying on annual security reviews; the majority of companies are seeking education that is more ongoing and interactive to avoid future security threats.

Modern Day IT Security

With new and evolving technologies, the overall approach to IT security must be re-evaluated from the top levels of a business. As more cloud solutions and mobile devices are being utilized within the workplace, new security products are attempting to meet the needs of modern day IT security, such as firewalls, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and Identity Access Management (IAM). When strategizing your organization’s IT security plan, two main areas need to be addressed in order to be prepared in today’s security landscape: risk analysis and end user awareness.

Balancing Risk and Security

Risk analysis is becoming a critical activity as companies decide how to handle corporate data, but only 41% of companies are currently performing this in a formal way. Typical risk analysis includes determining the probability of a risk, estimating the potential impact, and then deciding on mitigation strategies. But, the growing trends of cloud computing and mobility have increased the need for careful risk analysis. Since with public cloud computing and personal smart phones and tablets, data resides outside of your company’s control, companies must re-evaluate which data and systems are the most critical to the business. From there, they must decide which areas need the strongest defenses.

End User Training

CompTIA’s research also reveals that companies are behind the times when it comes to training end users. In today’s consumer-driven IT landscape, it’s more important than ever to invest the time and tools to equip end users with knowledge and responsibility when it comes to protecting company data. Do your employees fully understand your company’s security policy and the importance of acting in the best interest of your organization? If your organization needs help updating your IT security policies, contact your trusted IT advisor today.

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