The Data Protection Imperative

Time to take notice, time to become proactive


Published/updated: July 2013

By Dale Vile

Introduction

As a business manager or executive, the detail of how information is stored and administered in your organisationís computer systems may not be something you spend a lot of time thinking about. However, the chances are that at some point in your career you will have suffered from or witnessed some kind of systems failure or security incident, in which important data was lost or ended up in the wrong hands. Itís at times like this that your attention is often drawn to the need for some improvement so it doesnít happen again.

Beyond this kind of catastrophe, there is usually only one other situation in which electronic information handling makes it onto the senior management agenda. This is when additional regulation appears that mandates a new or different way of tracking and reporting the organisationís activities.

If any of this sounds familiar, and/or if your IT team is pressing for more investment so they can do a better job in this area, then we would encourage you to read on. In the remainder of this short paper, we are going to spell out why the time has come to adopt a more proactive approach to what IT people call Ďdata protectioní, and how the discussion should be about cost and value, as well as risk......



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