We absolutely agree that employees are a big risk for organisations; for the simple reason that people are human and we all make mistakes.
It’s good to see that acknowledged, as organisations often focus too much on protecting their perimeters from hostile Threat, whilst ignoring the security risks presented by their own staff.
However we don’t agree that businesses need to strip staff of access or mobile devices and therefore lose out on the huge benefits that the latest mobile technologies can bring in terms of productivity, collaboration, and flexibility.
As long as security travels with your data, you can control who has access to what, on which device and in what location. Properly applied, data classification and data loss prevention tools will prevent sensitive data being available on mobile devices, or accessible from inappropriate insecure locations and can prevent malicious misuse of data.
Securing the sensitive data wherever it travels solves the issue.
By Martin Sugden, Chief Executive Officer, Boldon James
BIO: Martin joined Boldon James in 1998 and has over twenty years experience in the Security Industry. He led the Management Buyout (MBO) of Boldon James backed by ISIS Equity Partners and the subsequent sale to QinetiQ. His career began with Ernst & Young as a Chartered Accountant and he has been the CFO of two LSE-listed companies, the first of which he floated. His main passion is business development and he has held significant roles in a number of blue chip UK and US companies. Martin has an honours degree in Economics and Geography from Bradford University.