The IT Leader's Guide to Data Security and Governance
6 Ways to Get Your Data Security in Top Shape:
1. Build on a Secure and Trusted Platform
Success is built on trust and transparency.
These values can only be established through impenetrable virtual environments. Security, therefore, is the foundation of any successful business goal.
To be truly protected, you need to prioritize security across your company and empower everyone in your organization on a trusted platform. This way, everyone from admins and business users to professional developers can focus on security at the first step.
A secure platform disintegrates silos. It allows IT and lines of business to work together in finding new and effective ways of protecting customer data. This means everyone across your organization can have a vested interest in security no matter the customer lifecycle stage; everyone plays an important role in your company’s digital transformation.
Embedding security and privacy controls in the app dev process not only helps you to deliver value faster and increase the pace of innovation but also to be your customers’ trusted advisor. And trust is a must for any loyal customer.
2. Encrypt, Monitor, and Retain Critical Data
Companies of all sizes and industries are using cloud infrastructure to run their businesses faster.
3. Protect Sensitive Data When Building and Testing Apps
Everyone wants to build innovative customer experiences fast.
But if your apps contain sensitive data, there are regulations that require limited access for certain employees and contractors. And noncompliance issues and data breaches can result in loss of customer trust. This is why sandboxes are so important. Sandboxes are true mirrors of production. They let your company scale safely by enabling virtual environments to be tested before being formally released.
First, you need a simple app development platform that can still manage complex requirements on the back end. The right platform reduces the risk, complexity, and costs of compliance — while still letting your company accelerate as a leader for customer-facing apps.
Next, help teams build test applications while protecting regulated data. Proper testing environments allow you to replace sensitive data — such as personally identifiable information (PII) and credit card details — with random characters and numbers, data from built-in libraries, or customizable patterns. This unique security builds customer trust and also lets your company continuously innovate at scale.
4. Take Control of Your Privacy and Data Management
Creating connected experiences for your customers comes with an influx of data. And that information needs to be protected.
Data privacy is more than just following regulations; it is about building trust with customers. From obtaining customer consent to giving customers control of their data to treating data properly, customers want to trust that their information is routinely safe with any business.
Bringing a privacy program to life doesn’t have to be challenging. Businesses simply need efficient tools to take control of privacy management through every stage of the data lifecycle.
This is where analytics dashboards help businesses keep privacy and compliance at the core of what they do, as opposed to being an afterthought that leads to regulation penalties. The best systems comply with regulations like GDPR and CCPA and can be done with a few clicks, rather than creating headaches and wasting money paying off fines. Instead of bogging a business down, retention policy and data subject rights can be automated processes. This automation doesn’t just make it easier on your employees — it builds up customer loyalty through a robust, cohesive privacy and data management program.
5. Get Complete Visibility into the Security Posture Environment
Consistent policies across IT environments secure your future.
IT environments sprawl across multiple orgs, multiple clouds, and multiple places to store data — even within a single company. Often little or no cross-visibility exists. This lack of unification invites bad players (both inside and outside the company) to easily find weak spots, and inconsistent security leaves your business open to potential exploitation.
To meet these security challenges, we believe that companies must now empower their admins with complete and centralized visibility. Centralized dashboards empower security teams and admins to monitor and review security settings for all their orgs. With these dashboards, admins and security teams can take a deep dive into the security health of their system. They get visibility into the security posture, view key metrics, and quickly identify threats and anomalies. Having this single-pane-of-glass operational view simplifies monitoring and mitigates risk. Teams respond faster, saving companies from the embarrassment of data breach and — more importantly — loss of customer trust.