Have you identified all your cybersecurity risks yet?

Every aspect of running an enterprise involves some degree of risk. Be it an investment, an operation, a plan, or a decision, there is always a possibility of something going wrong, leading to losses. And the sustainability and success of businesses are often predicated upon their ability to manage these risks. Among the many risks that businesses face, those associated with their IT systems, data, networks, and communications, i.e., cybersecurity risks are gaining increasing importance among business leaders.

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Why a Wi-Fi password is not enough to secure your network

A decade or two ago, if you asked a business owner what the basic needs of their business were, you’ll be more likely to receive answers like capital, people, resources, and so on. If you ask the same question to a business owner today, this list of needs will include ‘the internet’. Whether we realize it or not, connectivity to the internet has become an integral part of business today.

 

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Risks of shadow IT and how to eliminate them

The larger an enterprise gets, the harder it becomes for the IT department to monitor all the devices and applications being used by the employees. This may especially be the case if the enterprise has a BYOD culture, which most modern-day organizations have. And many of them are devices and applications used by employees may not be approved or issued by the IT team, and hence may elude their awareness.

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What enterprises must know about India’s new personal data protection bill

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 is an act proposed to the Indian government which, if passed, will redefine the way Indian enterprises gather, handle, and use their customers’ and employees’ personal information. The bill requires businesses to adopt reasonable policies, practices, and measures for handling personal information to avoid data leaks and breach of privacy.

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Is cybersecurity affecting your productivity?

Cybersecurity, or any kind of security for that matter, is often seen as a hindrance to the smooth operations in many organizations. That's because, in these organizations, the security measures are often so strict that they minimize the ease of functioning for the employees. In a bid to prevent their employees from visiting harmful and undesirable sites or stop them from accessing sensitive information, organizations end up denying employees access to sources of information that are essential for their day-to-day operations. And this adversely affects organizational performance.

While it is understandable that it is "better to be safe than sorry", playing it too safe also has consequences. What then, could be the solution to this conundrum? The answer is simple -- contextual intelligence.

Instead of leaving your cybersecurity fences wide open or shutting them too tight, organizations must be able to assess cybersecurity situations on a case-by-case basis. They must be able to understand the context behind every attempt to access or share sensitive information. And for that, they need cybersecurity tools such as firewall solutions that are built with contextual intelligence. These tools can monitor every application and every user for suspicious activities and prevent sensitive information from leaking out. And they can do so without interrupting legitimate attempts to access information from within as well as outside the organization, thus maximizing the productivity without compromising security.