Backup and Storage

Database security and SIEM ‘top priorities’ for organisations

Organisations highlight persistent threat to cyber security

In a world of increasing online activity and varying cyber threats, both local and global organisations face the constant risk of having their systems breached by hackers looking to profit from selling sensitive information.

Whether it’s bank account numbers, transaction histories or the personal records of a company’s clients, there’s a wealth of information stored in virtual servers that need to have the proper data protection protocols in place if people’s details are going to be kept secure.

With everything from damaged reputations to fines and prosecutions resulting from instances where organisations have had their information exposed due to their lacking effective security systems, ensuring that efficient protective measures are in place can be key to a business’s long-term productivity.

As such, it is unlikely to come as much of a surprise that a study conducted by McAfee has found 96 per cent of organisations are planning to either spend the same – or more – on risk and compliance strategies this year compared to 2011.

And given that the report also revealed how database security – and security information and event management (SIEM) – were among the top priorities listed by organisations due to the persistent presence of cyber threats, it seems that more businesses will be taking steps to protect their networks.

"Managing risk through security and compliance continues to be a leading concern for organisations the world over," said Jill Kyte, vice president of security management at McAfee.

"To address this issue, organisations are looking to ‘best-of-breed’ solutions to manage all aspects of their risk and compliance needs."

Secure online document storage is one such method that allows organisations to ensure that all of the files, data and records that they store in the virtual world are properly protected against the threat of cyber attacks, and help guard against breaks in business continuity.