The Data Protection Imperative

By Dale Vile


As a business manager or executive, the detail of how information is stored and administered in your organisation’s 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. It’s at times like this that your attention is often drawn to the need for some improvement so it doesn’t 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 organisation’s 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 ‘data protection’, and how the discussion should be about cost and value, as well as risk……

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Dale is a co-founder of Freeform Dynamics, and today runs the company. As part of this, he oversees the organisation’s industry coverage and research agenda, which tracks technology trends and developments, along with IT-related buying behaviour among mainstream enterprises, SMBs and public sector organisations.