Business revolves around data and cybersecurity revolves around the need to protect it, and yet organizations of all sizes and across all industries face a growing threat to data—largely from well-intentioned employees. You may be wondering, “Why does it seem like the issue is growing in spite of our efforts and investments in protecting our data?” You’re not crazy. There is a disconnect between perception and reality when it comes to data security and insider threats.
Traditional Security Is Rooted in Prevention
You’ve probably heard the axiom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The moral being that it’s better to invest a little in preventing something from happening than be forced to spend a lot to mitigate damage or clean up after it happens. It is very practical wisdom, but it relies on the prevention being effective in the first place.
The problem with the traditional approach to data security and guarding against insider threats is that it relies on prevention, but it’s not actually very good at preventing anything. The idea of defending a network perimeter by building a cyber moat and preventing data from going in or out by blocking access was always dubious at best. Now, it doesn’t work at all because there is no perimeter and there is no inside or outside the network. Cloud apps and mobile connectivity have fundamentally changed the game.
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