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The last part in a series of 4: The what, why, and how of securing storage and backup
In part 1 of this series, we discussed the need to protect the storage and backup systems. In part 2, we provided more details on the risk and showed how hackers can get in. In part 3, we talked about improving your storage and backup security posture. In this fourth chapter, we’ll cover the economics of storage security.
Now that you read the previous chapters in this 4-part series, you’ll know how hackers can penetrate storage systems, and do significant damage to your enterprise data.
But, there is much that can be done to plug the holes and safeguard your most valuable asset: data.
It takes an investment to reach storage security nirvana. To justify it to yourselves, your CFO, and the CIO – and perhaps even your CEO – you must do the following:
(1) do your due diligence to calculate the storage security price tag or price range
(2) measure the price against the costs that come with breaches (even a single breach) and the likelihood of a storage attack to occur in the near future. Here are some points to help you:
Oh what a joy… Sorry for being all ‘doom & gloom’ and creating FUD but…
Neglecting storage security can take its toll as it may come up in your next audit. Organizations have started reporting that auditors are asking tough questions – and failing to provide convincing answers can result in severe penalties. These questions include:
“Securing central storage is an area that I personally have been harping on about quite a bit, and I’ve been telling people that just aren’t aware of how much risk exists in storage environments. It’s your responsibility. You, the CISO, have to take some responsibility here. I get really emphatic about it. And then I just give them a few of the horror stories.”
Dick Wilkinson, Former CISO, New Mexico Supreme Court
Up to 30 percent of financial services organizations are aware and concerned about new audits that include storage security requirements.
Remember the list of potential-breach costs you’ve made? It’s time to share it with your CFO and CISO (if you aren’t one of them) .
Don’t forget to include costs of audit failure.
Show your numbers in big-picture expenses and have the subtler details ready when they ask you for them. Underline the differences between paying for security now and paying all these other costs plus the cost of security later.
There is ROI in the CFO’s peace of mind for not sticking their head in the sand and pretending there are no storage threats or penalties. There is measurable ROI in the competitive advantages you gain by marketing your security savvy as a selling point, along with your organization’s products and services.
See how secure your storage systems are with this one-time assessment. You’ll also receive recommendations on resolving any risks that are identified.