Understanding and tackling a business’s security issues can be expensive, complicated, and overwhelming. What it takes to address IT security throughout the entire enterprise is typically beyond a company’s own internal expertise and resources.
But the risks associated with not getting a handle on it are too great to ignore:
- Regulatory compliance – This is the need to keep financial and personnel information secure. Lack of compliance can put a company’s reputation and bottom line at risk.
- Legal compliance – The U.S. Government has laws for how companies, especially publicly held ones, manage their devices and their data.
Failure to comply with requirements and regulations can result in civil or criminal penalties.
- Contractual requirements – Vendors, partners, customers, and stakeholders all have a vested interest in how your business handles security.
- Audits – Government and financial auditors demand you meet compliance requirements, and they want the reports and certifications to prove it.
- Threat detection – From the second a hacker downloads malware to a company’s computer, millions of events can occur before the security fiasco is featured on the morning news. And the investigative process of determining what went wrong can be cumbersome if not impossible. Systems are needed to capture events, log and analyze them, and activate a response, as soon as possible, before the stakes gets high.
- Data privacy – With today’s high-exposure cases of privacy breaches, and increasing health care and financial regulations, the need for privacy controls has never been more important.
- eDiscovery – Legal and IT requirements now mandate a way to access archived information easily.