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Evolving risk landscape requires advanced planning

Dec 18, 2013 10:10:03 PM

Although decision-makers continue to deploy innovative document protection initiatives, the cybersecurity landscape often evolves and makes even the most advanced strategies ineffective, according to a ZDNet report. For this and other reasons, companies need to stay focused on the end game: keeping mission-critical assets away from malicious individuals.

"The more you try to squash [data breach incidents], the more they [will] evolve," said Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer at BT, according to ZDNet. "Every complex ecosystem allows new actors, whether on the good side or bad side, to displace old ones."

While many innovative document security initiatives will prove futile, digital access control solutions may be effective. Document rights management tools, for example, ensure that only authorized individuals have the ability to view or edit confidential resources, eliminating an outsider's power to jeopardize sensitive assets.

Executives also need to be aware of the evolving risk landscape, as this knowledge may give them an advantage in their battle against breaches. Companies should make sure to train employees to minimize the damage exposures can cause, according to Dark Reading, as this will make the entire organization more secure.