Data Security is a business essential and a multi-tiered function that shouldn’t be overlooked as a component of ‘gold standard’ cybersecurity.
The ramifications of unauthorised or criminal access to customer data are severe, and continual security breaches of both government and high-profile corporations is a familiar story being reported worldwide – again and again.
And yet with the consequences arising from compromised security, data desensitising is something that many businesses overlook.
Data desensitisation provides maximum security for your data and protects sensitive details such as personally identifiable information, and sensitive and confidential business intelligence.
Consider how many people have access to your data and why.
Do you know and trust them all?
Just one example is developing and testing new functionality. To be successful programmers need to develop and test with ‘real’ data. However, opening your actual database to them creates a very real security threat. Your sensitive data is out there, in the ether, and you can quickly lose control over who has access to it.
Data desensitisation gives third parties the ability to see your data ecosystem in action using sensitive, confidential data that has been washed clean of any level of personalisation, enabling external developers to access and work on your existing data platforms with safety.
If you want ensure you are protecting your customers' precious information, we'd love to discuss how we can help.
Securing your customers’ sensitive data is vital. Trust is the foundation that underpins your entire operation, and a data breach has serious consequences that can haunt a business for years, and will negatively impact your reputation.
Most organisations have a multi-layered level of defence such as hardened servers, secure endpoints, encryption, and monitoring. However, securing the information being accessed by many users, on a variety of devices, and from multiple locations requires a specialist approach to database security.
A best-practice database security framework and regular review and maintenance is the best insurance you can buy.
Database security ensures the protection of your data against security risks that compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data across the organisation.
Also consider the security of content that supports a database but is stored outside of it. For example, when providing 100 points of identification to open a bank account, providing an image of your passport, driver’s license and medicare card is pretty standard. These images also contain enough personal details to make you a target for identity theft.
Often an easy target for hackers, database security is just one source of weakness in the cybersecurity puzzle, and protecting yourself will encompass: