Mistake # 73: Fail to manage information carefully and securely

We have said it a million times:  “We are on information overload.”   In fact, we have been talking about this for more than a decade. In an article in Information Week in 1995, it appears that it was only going to get worse. It is.

As businesses grow, we have a variety of complex business partnerships.  As a result, we have issues that develop in order to secure these relationships. Primarily

This may be good for streamlining business, but it is hard to secure. While organizations focus on the technical controls around network connections, they forget about the people, process, policy, and contractual controls necessary to secure these relationships – technologically and internally within personnel so that competitors do not intervene.

Then you have the issue of offshore outsourcing.  Is sending logins and intellectual property overseas safe – just to ensure cost savings? What are the risks?

And, let’s not forget weather events. I happen to be in tornado country and the opportunity for a tornado to wipe out a computer system is likely. Not high odds, but likely.

I don’t recall the source, but after 9/11, there were voice lines and more than four million data circuits that failed due to infrastructure overload. Mobile cell phone calls were blocked, causing communications system failures.

Businesses that lose data from natural disasters are forced to fail, and/or close their doors. Businesses need a thought out plan in the event of natural disasters in the event something happens to their computer servers. I haven’t done the research, but it would be interesting to find out what the percentage of those companies that definitely have a written plan.

I’m overloaded. My head hurts…


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