Why You Shouldnt DIY Your Data Security

March 2016

Why You Shouldnt DIY Your Data Security

Are you considering implementing new data security protocols for your business? Whether you put your old protocols in place in-house or not, unless you have a dedicated information security professional on your team, you should probably outsource this job. Why? While some aspects of data security are pretty simple, the whole job is incredibly complex. Here are just a few ways that DIY data security can go wrong for your business.

Are You Sure You’re Compliant?

Are you up to date on all of the regulations you’ll need to meet to be compliant with your state or country’s privacy and data security laws? Do you have expertise in this field, and are you ready to take the gamble that you’re taking all necessary measures to ensure the security of your company’s (and your customers’) data? If you didn’t answer with an emphatic, “Yes, of course!” to all of those questions, then it’s time to hire a professional.

Data Security Can’t Be Fixed By Throwing Security Tools At It

Having a firewall is great, but it cannot be your only defense. Furthermore, you can’t just implement security tools at random or just based on the recommendations of others. Doing this will ensure that you have some vulnerabilities covered, but it won’t do much for you overall.

Remember, data security is a business risk problem, not a technology problem. If you can’t easily point out the places where your business has the biggest data risks, then you are going to have a major security problem if you don’t call the professionals.

Are You a Qualified Penetration Tester?

Also called “pen testing,” penetration testing is the process that data security professionals use to test network and system security. If you aren’t familiar with all of the tools necessary to run a comprehensive pen test, then you are going to be in for a rude awakening when a hacker discovers a vulnerability that you missed.

You May Be Liable for Damages From Breached Data

If it comes to light that you didn’t properly encrypt your customers’ sensitive data after a breach, your customers may file a class action lawsuit against you for negligence. Thus, you’ll not only have a lot of unhappy customers on your hands (who are likely to leave you as soon as they get their bank account information settled), but you’ll also have legal fees, potential law and civil suits, and regulatory fines to deal with, as well.

Basically, data security doesn’t have to be a big mystery, and it doesn’t have to be a gamble, either. If you hire a qualified, professional information security consultant, they should be able to walk you through the pen tests they perform and show you where your weaknesses are. Then they can help you create a data security plan and/or make recommendations for upgrades and updates to your current security protocols, depending on the state of your security right now and how comfortable you are with your current risk levels. When it comes to data security, DIY is a huge risk that you don’t want to take.

Sources:

http://www.criticalassets.com/three-approaches-to-it-security-the-hard-way-an-easy-way-and-the-wrong-way/

http://histalk2.com/2014/07/23/readers-write-is-diy-network-security-a-good-idea/

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