The primary challenge of IT security personnel is to balance the needs of users with the importance of protecting confidential data. Individuals, as well as organizations, have become incredibly reliant on the digital sphere in their daily operations. Technological advances mean that you can access personal emails on your phone in any location. The job of IT security professionals is to make sure that with your increased access comes increased security, and that you are still protected with each new breakthrough in technology. The biggest compliance-related issue facing CIOs today is shadow IT, a threat caused by the use of unseen third-party solutions including devices and apps.
Corporate IT has grown to be complex and cumbersome, so end users have started using their own third-party services to get their jobs done, such as large file sending services. But oftentimes these apps or solutions are out of the organization’s control, causing the IT department a major headache. The best medicine to cure the headache? Educate end users; give CIOs the controlled power to constantly assess services for suitability; and deploy modern enterprise solutions to solve overall compliance problems.
To ensure that sensitive data is being properly protected, choose a trusted service provider. Cloud services present significant benefits in terms of cost savings, scalability, flexibility. However, to ensure that your or your customer’s data is properly protected and in compliance with all relevant regulations, the vendor/service provider should meet all regulatory requirements.