Expert offers tips to guard against data threats
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – AN international advisory firm urged companies to be proactive in the enforcement of monitoring to ensure real-time detection, and application of security defence measures.
Gerald Naidoo, Chief Executive Officer of Logikal Consulting, said all enterprises that were growing a tempting target for threat actors.
“Breaching a large enterprise’s store of big data can produce massive payloads for cyber criminals,” he said.
Moreover, the effects of a data breach can be catastrophic for the affected company.
“Terabytes and terabytes of data are contained in these stores – including a company’s most valuable information assets – financial credentials, proprietary information, intellectual property, staff records – the cost of the theft of this sort of data are all but incalculable – not just in terms of money, but in terms of reputation,” Naidoo added.
Naidoo said securing big data comes with a set of unique challenges beyond being a target with vast amounts of potentially saleable data.
“In no way are we suggesting that big data security is fundamentally different from traditional data security, but that there are different challenges and elements to consider when security a big data environment,” Naidoo said.
Naidoo said big data security environments had big risks, not limited to potential random security attacks, data breaches, outdated or ineffective security policies, malicious insiders and many more.
“A big data environment that isn’t properly secured can result in compromised data.”
Logikal Consulting is a rapidly growing systems Integration Company with presence in South Africa, India and across Africa.
The company provides dynamic consulting, expert integration and outsourcing services for a global clientele covering six key industry verticals: financial services, banking and insurance, telecoms, manufacturing, retail, logistics and public sector.
– CAJ News
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