Data and security breaches don’t just happen – better prevention is needed

Huge attacks that compromise the personal information of customers don’t just happen in a vacuum. Prevention is needed.

The recent data breach that has compromised the personal information of millions of customers should be viewed as a critical learning experience for businesses far and wide.

These kinds of incidents don’t happen by accident. Usually they provide clear evidence that the affected companies haven’t been doing enough to bolster their data security and that they haven’t been paying adequate attention to their system security for years.

They can be prevented if companies pay more attention to constantly updating and patching mission-critical applications, network systems and more. By engaging in the correct steps and the right team of IT integrators, partners and consultants working with them to help prevent such attacks, security breaches can be avoided.

The best thing you can do right now is learn from recent data breaches. That means checking, double-checking and triple-checking to be sure that your IT security systems and infrastructure are patched, up-to-date and are being carefully monitored by your IT and data security teams and partners. Your prime goal should be to prevent attacks like these from bringing your operations to a halt, harming your customers and plastering your company’s good name across the headlines of every website and print publication in the world as a security disaster and victim.

If you’re not thinking of how you can prevent similar disastrous scenarios happening to your company as you plot, plan and implement your security and infrastructure road maps and processes, then you are completely missing out on why prevention, monitoring and countermeasures are so critical to your business.

“Security isn’t something you buy off the shelf and forget about. It’s a process that needs to permeate throughout your entire organization. Automation can help you respond to security threats in an efficient manner but we must build a culture that doesn’t treat security as an afterthought.” – John Ray, Lead Consultant at Shadow-Soft

Here are John Ray’s three security tips:

  1. Stop treating security as a step in the process. Security is the process.
  2. Don’t fall into the trap of allowing certain environments to be less secure. It breaks your process and allows your team to get away with insecure coding practices.
  3. Define security as code so that you can use DevOps best practices to achieve compliance at velocity.

Related: Download John Ray’s presentation slides from his talk on “Continuous Compliance”

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