CyberSecurity is Top Priority for CEOs


There’s a business and financial obligation to keep clients’ sensitive information secure. A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers states cybersecurity is a top priority for CEOs in the U.S. Having a multifaceted data protection plan and process in place is paramount to success. Gartner predicts global IT security spending will grow roughly 8 percent per year, approaching close to $80 billion in the next couple of years. Heightened levels of sensitivity and concern about data security come on the heels of recent major data breaches.

Concerned with more than the present, data security is about anticipating future business needs and scaling solutions to meet those needs. Third-party data centers strategically blend online and offline security measures, including digital monitoring.

Is Your Data Secure?

Whether storing data in an on-site or off-site data center, uninterruptable power and cooling, on-site monitoring of the facility and redundant connectivity are critical 24/7 and year-round.

The procedures data centers take to protect a company’s sensitive business data are extensive. Knowing what to look for in a data center provider and matching its security posture with a company’s needs will best mitigate risk and offer the highest level of protection.

Physical Data Security

Securing the space in which a company’s data and networks are housed begins with basic requirements. Physical data center security entails a comprehensive approach to keeping applications and networks safe in a facility that offers the right levels of redundant power, cooling, backup and accessibility.

CyrusOne implements strict layered security measures to manage physical access within its data centers. CyrusOne’s security personnel implement seven layers of security, such as monitoring all security cameras, guarding building entrance and exit access points, and controlling keycard access throughout secured spaces.

Securing all Points of Entry to Your Network

Staying one step ahead of cyberattacks and securing a network infrastructure is an ongoing challenge. Years ago this meant securing the perimeter of the network; now, however, with new bring-your-own-device (BYOD) deployments as well as widely-accepted outsourced, cloud and access-anywhere technologies, companies need to be even more diligent in making sure all points of entry into their network are correctly secured.

Most attacks exploit a software limitation or other known bug. While external assaults certainly cause a lot of headaches and carry their fair share of problems, internal attacks are even more alarming and are typically responsible for data leaks.

A company wouldn’t grant an employee from engineering access to accounting department files, just as a visitor would not have unrestricted, unsupervised access to any office at corporate headquarters. If physical separations and safeguards are so important, why do companies often allow network access without a second thought?

Installing corporate and guest networks as well as provisioning user access must be considered and implemented by the entire IT team. Establishing necessary segmentation between working groups and outside groups is important, as is placing checkpoints, logging and controls in place wherever different segments intersect.

Define from a business perspective exactly who needs access to what internal and external resources as well as document permissions, and ensure necessary controls are in place at the network level. Be willing to reevaluate this framework constantly and make adjustments as necessary.

Tasked with protecting one of an organization’s most important assets, IT infrastructure and managed service providers understand data access and security are mission-critical.

Logical Data Security

Third-party data centers offer scalable solutions with a laser focus on efficiency, cost and performance.  Businesses must plan for and implement comprehensive measures to protect data against potential cloud-based security threats.

Data center providers have the most comprehensive and thorough online data monitoring tools to keep data safe. Due to the gravity and breadth of threats in any cloud environment, partners must constantly refine their threat-detection process.

Data security is a complex process. Building it correctly demands a constant focus on reliability and resiliency. With cyberattacks on the rise, businesses face the unenviable task of protecting their current data and developing or obtaining a heightened security posture that is well-suited to handle the increased level of cyberattacks.

Planning for “When” not “What If”

Whether a power outage prevents access to a place of business or a network connection is down, the result can be lost time and lost data — both of which negatively impact bottom lines.

For businesses today, security is about more than making sure data is protected and remains accessible when natural disaster strikes. It is about making sure data is also secured against man-made threats, including software failures, hardware failures, electrical outages, employee security breaches and cyberattacks. Regardless of the nature of any interruption, companies need to know they can maintain near-100 percent uptime, while keeping clients satisfied and data and applications safe.

Support from trained data security professionals and third-party providers enables companies to conduct risk assessments that identify likely and significant security threats. It is important to update and test business continuity plans, including disaster recovery strategies, on-site and off-site at least once every year.

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