Author: 
Joseph Souren
scmagazineuk.com
Thursday, April 12, 2012

As more users, devices and data move beyond the traditional security of the corporate campus, attacks on information have grown in both diversity and sophistication.

Today, the dangers range from sophisticated advanced persistent threats (APT) that can silently monitor a network, to FireWire attacks able to bypass endpoint encryption, to the all-too-common lost or stolen laptop.

Meanwhile, governments around the globe are enacting laws and regulations that require companies to publicly disclose data breaches, and often pay hefty fines—unless the company can guarantee its data is safe and cannot be misused by unauthorised persons.

Most recent is the EU data regulatory change announcement that puts C-level executives, particularly the CIO, in the firing line and promises fines of up to two per cent of global annual turnover for businesses in breach.