I meet a lot of managers and executives at organizations around the world who aren’t sure if their organization’s data is really secure or not. Many of them know their employees are using consumer-grade file sharing platforms every single day and sending unencrypted email attachments, but they often assume that the developers of the consumer-grade products – Dropbox, Google, etc. – are somehow protecting their data from breaches and leaks. They’re in essence setting their organization up for a big, expensive mess.
It’s easy to believe that as we work in today’s always on, always connected world, we are for the most part safe from cybersecurity threats that we read about in the news. But the truth is that we and the companies that we work at are not. Data leaks, breaches and thefts are, frankly, inevitable if proper precautions are not taken. And they often come as results not of malicious hackers bypassing network security but of mistakes made by employees in dispersing or sharing sensitive information or of intentional leakage and theft by disgruntled workers.