How to Bolster Data, Physical Security to Make Threats Go Elsewhere
NEWS ANALYSIS: There are events in today's society that you simply can't control or prevent, no matter how much you try. But it is possible to help convince the bad guys to go elsewhere."I don't have to run faster than the bear," one hunter said to another after spotting the animal in the woods, "I just have to run faster than you." Yes, I know it's an old joke that you've heard enough times that I don't really need to quote anything except the punch line. But the fact is, this old joke is also an important lesson about your physical and data security. You don't have to be perfect; you just have to be better than most others. The idea of having security that's good enough to convince the bad guys to look elsewhere is important in terms of data security and physical security. The idea of having good security is more than just putting a lock on the door and an antivirus package on your computer. First, you need to think about the risks your organization is most likely to face, the resources you're likely to have on hand to deal with the risk and then work from there. When I write about physical security, no doubt your thoughts immediately turn to a county office building and a conference room full of public employees celebrating a seasonal holiday in California, but in reality, this isn't the kind threat you can focus on because it is so unpredictable and so inexplicable that it is extremely hard for any organization to defend against.
Instead, you need to consider several types of threats that could impact your security on a more predictable basis, since those are far more likely than the random terrorists, despite how deadly that type of attack may be.