Companies today have more incentive than ever to deploy robust data security solutions. Between the exponential growth of data volumes and the increasingly malicious attacks launched by hacking groups, there is much out there to keep an IT security professional up at night.
A recent eWeek report highlighted numerous best practices for companies to follow to ensure that confidential information remains out of the reach of hackers and safe from accidental data loss.
According to the report, deploying effective data security begins long before a solution is purchased. Companies should start out by forming testing and advisory teams. Both can identify the requirements of end-users.
The next step is conducting a risk assessment. It's important for an organization to be aware of the types of data it stores and what areas may be vulnerable. Such information will go a long way when configuring a data security tool.
Once those steps are completed it's time to begin shopping around for a solution, according to eWeek. When doing so, there are a number factors that the organization will want to keep in mind.
For one, it's necessary to determine how a solution will scale. The business of tomorrow may not be the same as it is today, as needs will change over time depending on data growth and other trends. Be sure a security solution will keep up, eWeek advised.
Also, explore how a solution will fit in with the organization's business strategy. The report advised the use of a decision matrix " to evaluate how each of the systems that will be tested compares when tested against the business priorities."
More companies began recognizing the need for robust data security solutions last year, evidenced by the fact that the market for database activity monitoring tools reached $200 million, according to Dark Reading.