We have witnessed an explosion in data. Driven by the growth in connected devices, it’s predicted that more than 79 zettabytes of data will be generated in 2025.
This has changed the landscape of almost every enterprise, affecting IT teams on virtually every level. They are being forced to find new ways to store, manage, protect and efficiently utilise this information. The consequences for failing to do so can range from missing opportunities to, in the case of breaches, reputational damage, financial loss and regulatory punishment.
Added to this is the pandemic-driven demand for remote working, adding a new layer of complexity to the challenges of securing critical data.
Is this proving too much for enterprise security functions? It certainly seems to be the case that in the early stages of crisis, employers were prioritising continuity of service over data protection. The rapid introduction of collaboration tools and employees’ own devices may have kept the wheels turning as staff worked from home, but in the rush to make this a reality, organisations were perhaps inadvertently taking dramatic risks with employee and customer information.
Given the proliferation of poor data privacy and management strategies and the wide-spread use of consumer-led remote workings apps, it can only be a matter of time before we begin to see data breaches and hacks directly linked to pandemic-driven working changes.
In order to avoid this, organisations must adopt operating practices that places privacy at the heart of their data management strategies.
But how?
Delivering balance: Productivity and Security
It is about balance. There is a pressing need for all organisations to ensure that productivity and connectivity remain consistent, yet this has to be done in a secure manner.
Consider, for instance, the need to have documentation, including playbooks and running sheets, centrally located and easily accessible for all team members remotely. Cloud computing offers

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