I. INTRODUCTION: Data security in the era of open collaboration
The meteoric pace of change
There’s no way to ignore it: work has changed dramatically.
What was once a locked-down culture of closed conversations and highly structured, closely-held data, is now one of collaboration and openness.
This new default to shared information, ideas, and conversations makes work faster, more productive, and more effective. Quick, transparent decision-making is now the modus operandi for many organizations. And it’s all supported by a new wave of agile teamwork tools like shared cloud file storage, messaging apps, and collaboration platforms.
Securing data in the era of collaboration
Against the dramatic change in our collective work culture, one thing has not changed: the paramount need to protect your intellectual property. Your company’s trade secrets. Its ideas.
Unfortunately, today’s data security stacks were designed and optimized for the old way of working. They were built to capture intruders and block data movements.
Strategies like data loss prevention combined with inflexible data access policies can’t appropriately protect data in today’s open, collaborative, and even remote workplaces. False positives can leave users frustrated by interrupted productivity, while the security team is limited in its ability to prevent data leaks. Such rigid approaches can even leave companies in a more vulnerable position through a false sense of security.
A missing voice
It’s ironic that, as companies strive to be more collaborative, they invariably leave a critical voice out of the transformation team: the security leadership. Security experts need to be leading the charge on safe, open collaboration. They’re the catalysts that can enable responsible sharing, propel change and allow organizations to thrive in this new normal.
It’s time for the mobilizers – in HR, legal, IT, and the board – to bring the CISO to the culture table. Leaving them in the wings merely perpetuates the traditional adversarial relationship between security teams and business units. That’s a guaranteed obstacle to a truly open, collaborative culture.
This guide is about an approach to data security that’s optimized for the new era of open collaboration. Not surprisingly, the method is also built on collaboration—between security leaders and colleagues from across the business.
Successful security in today’s world cannot succeed alone, in a vacuum. It’s essential for security teams to work closely with non-security leaders. This will create a better understanding of what those teams currently use or would like to use to store and share data to enable them to continue to move quickly.
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