The C-Suite’s Responsibility in the New Era of Data Protection ​

The C-Suite's Responsibility in the New Era of Data Protection ​

​In the era of data breeches and information misuse, corporations across the world are being held accountable by stakeholders, customers and regulators to implement responsible privacy practices. This includes building and managing a security infrastructure as well as a plan for responding after an attack.

According to the Check Point 2018 Security Report, 59 percent of companies consider ransomware to be their biggest threat and 24 percent have experienced a DDoS attack in the past year. As most security executives know – attacks are not limited to internal infrastructure and desktops. The same report states that 100 percent of all businesses have had a mobile malware attack. Plus, more than 106 million users downloaded 300 Google Play apps that were infected with malware.

Unfortunately, many organizations fall short of staying up-to-date on security infrastructure and protections resulting in vulnerabilities that can result in substantial financial, production, and reputation loses. The same Check Point Security Report notes that 20 percent of shoppers say they won’t return to a retailer that has been attacked. ​

Robb Hultin, rmsource president and co-founder, offers this advice to C-level and IT executives looking to tighten IT security infrastructure:

Vulnerability Assessments should be performed annually by a team of certified security, penetration testing and ethical hacking experts. At a minimum, this should test vulnerabilities, configuration, topology and application server security. It is also worth considering advanced assessments including penetration testing and social engineering to identify process gaps and weak points. The result should always be a report with specific, actionable steps to increase protection and lower your security risk.

Prevention Plan will save you time and money. Work with knowledgeable security experts to stop threats before they happen. Invest in the right technologies for your networks – both on premise and in the cloud. This will pay dividends in protection. Be sure to implement multiple layers of protection to keep threats out and sensitive data safe. 

Prepare an Incident Response plan. Even with the best security, breeches are always a looming possibility. Have a response plan in place, because after an attack, timing is everything. Your organization’s reputation is on the line, so how and when you respond is a critical differentiator in how you emerge from a crisis. Your teams must be able to quickly evaluate the situation, contain it, re-secure it and ensure that your systems are clean before bringing them back online.

If it’s been more than a year since your last security assessment, you could be at risk for a major attack. We’ve got the resources and experts to help minimize your risk. Let’s schedule your vulnerability assessment and decrease your risk of a catastrophic data breech or attack. ​