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There's no doubt that enterprises need to protect their vital information but there is a lot of debate still around the best practices required to achieve the "right" level of protection. To that end, the cost of data leakage and the detailed compliance regulation requirements are two key factors that often drive security best practices within organizations today. Now more than ever does this reality ring true as more and more organizations are trying to strike the right balance between protecting corporate information and providing the necessary access to data and applications.

From the mobile workforce to increasing cybercriminal activity and the dynamic IT environment, most electronic communication is uncontrolled and unmonitored, creating more opportunities for data to be lost, stolen or misused. In addition, employees load laptops and PCs with unauthorized and illegal applications that cause downtime, performance issues and additional support calls.

In the U.S. alone, more than 250 million personal records have been exposed due to security breaches. With the annual loss of intellectual property estimated at over $200 billion, understanding the best practices for protecting your vital information is necessary.

Here are a few of the main reasons driving the need for data protection in the enterprise today:

  • Borderless Enterprise: Data has become decentralized through dis-aggregated supply chains, outsourcing and a mobile workforce who all need collaboration and productivity technology that access corporate data.
  • Increased Insider Risks: Innocent mistakes like losing removable devices (i.e. USB sticks) coupled with malicious intentions to steal corporate data have increased, comprising over 50 percent of serious data breach incidents. In a recent study, 53 percent of employees stated they would definitely take company data with them if laid off.
  • Organized External Threats: Sophisticated, organized criminal networks are now fueling the black market with over $5.6 billion in stolen corporate and personal information.
  • Consumerization of IT: Users are utilizing tools for productivity, both hardware (e.g. USB devices) and software (e.g., IM and other Web 2.0 applications) in the workplace, which adds another layer of threats to your network.


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