Published on August 19, 2016
The Importance of Real Time Security Features
Surprisingly, many major companies aren't even aware that real time security features exist. Or they misunderstand what this type of security accomplishes. What we're used to, what non-technical people understand with regard to security, is that we can track everything. So, in theory, you'd get an email or an alert when something malicious happens. If someone tried to hack your database, you'd get an alert letting you know that they were able to bypass your protections. You'd even be able to track exactly what records were accessed.
While tracking access is important, real time security features offer something more advanced to deter malicious intent and stop it as it's happening. The difference here is that the attack is stopped before damage is done. With tracking features, the information has already been compromised by the time you're notified of the attack.
Realities of the Ever-Evolving Technological Landscape
Many companies pay great attention to compliance and regulation issues. While these are important aspects of security, there is a definite lag time between new advances and when the regulations are written. The reality is that someone has already compromised data security by a method before it's added to the list of things to guard against in any regulatory body. Often there's been a large problem with a set type of data breach. What IT professionals understand is that the scenario isn't insurmountable. Many people give hackers too much credit, believing they can access anything they put their minds to. Often the access point used by those with malicious intent are left vulnerable as a result of human error. But one entry point can offer vast access with the right malware. For example, the latest breach at Oracle seems to have stemmed from one infected employee terminal. At this point, it's clear that many employee computers were compromised.
While compliance to regulatory guidelines helps your company maintain records up to a legal standard, there may be more that you can do to defend data. For instance, what if a security breach happened at one in-house computer? That malware was geared to access the user's pass codes and spread to other computers. Say the malware got through your security features. Okay, so far it sounds like there's no way to stop this from causing damage. But what if all employee access was monitored in real time? So the employee could only access certain information and no further information could be garnered through their pass codes? Ideally, this might lead to a situation where malicious intrusion would be detected faster and access to information would be denied rather than tracked.
Why Real Time Security Features Work Better for Your Business
Real time security features offer a more versatile way to defend your information. While security for consumer data is important, companies should also thoroughly consider the protections they need for their own sensitive information. Consider how detrimental a data breach might be if it meant the loss of trade secrets or other information that might damage your ability to compete in the marketplace.
If you're considering options to add real time security features to your protocol, contact us for a demo of Domino Protect today.
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