Corporate culture can aid security
There are several approaches companies can take to ensuring data security and quality. No matter which systems and processes firms invest in, however, the training and best practices to ensure regulations are followed are also absolutely critical. The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner recently blamed a critical data loss on poor institutional standards and corporate culture, according to Computerworld.
Data loss initiates review
The news source reported that an employee at the Accident Compensation Corporation accidentally combined two email messages, sending private information regarding over 6,000 clients to another firm. According to Computerworld, the Privacy Commission's following review found numerous IT security strategy problems.
"The reviewers noted a good level of privacy awareness, especially at branch level. But the review also highlights a culture that, according to stakeholder feedback to the reviewers, has at times an almost cavalier attitude towards its clients and to the protection of their private information," said privacy commissioner Marie Shroff, according to the source.
As payments and business in general become more digital, a wide variety of companies now store confidential customer data. The spread of vital information means that security strategies and best practices must also expand.
Practices need management
Preventing and responding to data management problems and breaches is a complicated and difficult process. Organizations can encounter problems without adequate staff preparation or managed security services. The initial intrusion is only one of the stages in a digital attack. Managing the aftermath and gathering information are also critical steps.
According to the State, a recent data breach at the University of South Carolina drew criticism due to the slowness of the school's incident response. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse noted that administrators took months to announce the breach and that the college has been hacked six times since 2006.