Security takes many shapes and forms. Data security is one of the many components in this crowded field. But there is a paradigm shift emerging due to digital convergence, cloud, or whatever label you want to use to describe the massive amount of data being created and collected everyday - by people, apps, people using apps, machines, machines connecting to apps, machines using apps to talk to other machines, and more. Will data be the new currency in the new ultra-connected world?
The reality we face, as an individual or a company, is that, like bank robbers robbing a bank because that is where the money is, cybercriminals want to steal data because it is there, and it has value. We should have a choice around who or what is able to see and use this data. There are predictions of our own private data clouds with access grants and more features but until that is a reality we have to make use of proven technology.
There is no magic bullet, cancer-curing solution that spans all levels of the government and private sector. Perimeter security, ips, Endpoint Protection and proactive measures to prevent network intrusion and theft of assets are all necessary. They have been whittled down to “porous” status, albeit still necessary, and with that said the paradigm shift has moved lower. We now have to build, or shore up, the foundational aspect, real value, that data holds.
Controlling access to data, how it is used, who sees what, is becoming more central to meeting the business goals, all while reducing the risk of loss. Having a flexible solution that can leverage attributes and contextual information to create policies for user-based access to data is here and a ground swell is building. Build the security at the data layer and have it follow the data. Once the idea of machine-learning based interpretation of requirements for the business, around compliance standards, attributes of a user, and policy creation, becomes a reality, then new levels of risk reduction and control can be obtained. Until that is a reality we have to make use of proven technology.
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