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2015 Cost of Data Breach Study

From Ponemon Institute, sponsored by IBM

Winning the battle of the breach

Data breach protection and prevention requires a thoughtful, realistic and proactive approach to security across your organization. Everything from your vulnerability to your risk tolerance must be assessed. And through this process, more comprehensive, intelligent security is realized. Below are four steps you can take to protect your organization from data breaches.

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Step 1: Prioritize your business objectives and set your risk tolerance

Striking a balance between protecting data assets and enabling productive, innovative workplaces has challenged security professionals for decades. The truth is that there is no such thing as 100-percent secure. As such, hard decisions need to be made around the different levels of protection needed for different parts of the business.

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Step 2: Protect your organization with a proactive security plan

Awareness is essential to security planning. Understanding the threat landscape, and actively working to protect your organization against those threats, requires both technology and policy.

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Step 3: Prepare your response to the inevitable: a sophisticated attack

With the constant evolution of advanced persistent threats – hackers intent on finding a vulnerability – it is certain that eventually your organization will succumb to a data breach. Having a coordinated and tested response plan is critical at a time like this, as is access to the right resources and skills.

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Step 4: Promote and support a culture of security awareness

All it takes is one careless employee to undo a chief security officer's master plan. That's why every employee must work in partnership with security professionals to ensure the safety of corporate data is built into the culture of the organization.