IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Data Breach Prevention: 10 Tips for Fortifying Network Security

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-10-14 Print this article Print
Know What Your IT-Related Risks Are

Know What Your IT-Related Risks Are

Every company should conduct an IT risk assessment at least once a year. A thorough IT risk assessment will help identify and prioritize problem areas.
Data breaches are inevitable. Ask Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who called security a "never-ending process," and that no one could claim to be entirely secure. "It's not a brave new world; it's a bad new world," Stringer told the Wall Street Journal. The sheer number of data breaches reported this year alone has led to security experts dubbing 2011 as the "Year of the Hack." What's an organization to do when the big giants are admitting they have been breached? With sophisticated malware, advanced attacks and sneaky insiders, security seems like an unattainable goal. Security is everyone's responsibility, from the board of directors, c-level executives such as the CEO, CIO, CFO, down to the front-line employees who actually work daily with sensitive information. While implementing security measures is important, organizations also need to plan for the inevitable "what-if" scenario when systems and data are compromised. For this slide show, eWEEK chatted with Rick Dakin, CEO of Coalfire, for additional insights on what organizations can do to secure sensitive information.

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