I’ll be honest, I’m not waiting with bated breath for the next Forrester or Gartner study on data risk and cybersecurity. I don’t always find the report suggestions practical for organizations like ours. But sometimes, we see data that makes us stop and think about how we’re actually responding to the changing nature of data risk. And that’s just what happened when a prominent industry analyst firm highlighted at an event this winter that 80% of CEOs are changing their company’s culture to accelerate their digital business strategy – ultimately, to grow. Combine that with a global health crisis that propelled us within a matter of days into a remote work reality, which we had previously anticipated happening gradually over the next five years, and we find ourselves in a world where the priority of making employees productive is accelerating data security risks faster than we can even assess.
As organizations empower employees with new collaboration technology — from Gmail and Slack, to project management tools and code repository apps — the places where corporate data lives and moves are fundamentally changing.
And here’s the deal: security teams can’t address these risks alone. In my position helping a variety of organizations build effective security processes and programs, I have seen a few security teams quickly address data security vulnerabilities by simply engaging business partners — and not with the traditional security awareness programs. HR teams, legal and line of business leaders can play a critical role in data security in this era of collaboration and working from whatever location you’re productive.
We’ll summarize here the four common, yet critical, attributes of successful security organizations, regardless of their maturity:
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