Security is Everyone’s Responsibility

Innovation is at the heart of success. The most profitable companies in the world are those that either develop a better product, improve an existing product, or find a better way to market a product than everybody else.

Nowhere is this more true than in IT. Getting new software developed efficiently, marketed correctly, and managed afterward is the only way to stay in business. Any shortfall in any part of this process will allow someone to get ahead of you and seize your opportunity.

But of course, at the heart of all that is a secure system. Virtualization security needs to be fool-proof at every level. Any type of breach within the network can lead the project–and potentially the company–down the road to ruin with frightening speed.

Because developers often work remotely as they travel — or simply because inspiration doesn’t always strike between 9:00 and 5:00 — the ability to secure virtual storage, physical storage, and Cloud storage is critical. There is no way to develop products effectively without using remote storage, and there’s no way it will be safe without protection.

The first step in getting employees to implement and utilize an appropriate security system is to get them to accept its necessity. Here are some ways that you can impress upon your staff the need for a good security system.

It Has Already Helped Us

Sometimes the biggest hurdle you must overcome is a perception that you’re invincible, or that you’ve never even been targeted. That’s the best thing about threat logs from virus systems and firewalls. They can provide you with information about just how many times someone tried to get into your network.

Are you sharing data like that with your workers? If you do, you may overwhelm them with just how much danger you have been in over the years. Don’t just file that knowledge away in the IT department or the front office. Communicate with your staff about just how many times you’ve been on someone’s hit list, and you’ll see a very different attitude about security.

Hackers Want Our Data…

Another bit of eye-opening information is the types of data that are stored about your employees. Because they probably filled out paper forms to report IRS withholding and other personal data, they may not think about how widely that information is shared within the company. Many different parts of HR and other departments may have social security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and other personal data.

Take a minute occasionally to remind workers that they are at personal risk when there are breaches in your security. Note that there are many different people who are responsible for keeping employee data safe and that it does no good for the rest to be diligent if only one is not. The accountability of co-workers is a powerful force.

…And Competitors Want Our Ideas

Technology has made this more problematic than ever. With the automotive industry, for example, in the past there was very little to steal in terms of products. The main secrets each firm held from year to year were about vehicle appearance; innovations in the technology moved more slowly at first.

Today, computer technology is totally different. Your code should stay as great a secret as a new gas-saving engine or a new design for a power drill.

IT product information is more transferrable than physical products. Even if Ford saw Dodge’s new design, they won’t use it because it will look like a Dodge. Computer code has no branding, no identity. It’s completely fluid. And once a competitor gets it, there is very little to keep it from hitting the market to the benefit of someone who never developed it.

Data breaches are a real threat. Yet it is possible to minimize your risk. It just takes a buy-in from everyone in the company. When your team approaches the issue with a determination to avoid hacking, you’ll succeed. And so will your company.

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