Q: What data should companies focus on protecting?
Titus: You have to look at your business and your mission and figure out what data is critical to you. Look at what data is most valuable to you first, and then look at who has access to it. Then look at your third-party partners. They have access to a lot of data, and you need to know how they are protecting it on their site. Do they do corporate investigations of their employees? Do they have the right security protocols in place to protect the network? Small businesses are under attack, serious attack, and they don't necessarily have the corporate resources of Unisys or other major companies. These small businesses are also very high value targets, and they may not have taken the time to implement [proper security.] I'm going to venture a prediction that we see an upswing in lost data from third-party partners and small businesses.
Q: How frequently do you find rogue insiders?
Titus: We find a handful a year. Most of the time it's people who are leaving the company who want to take information with them not recognizing that that information doesn't belong to them. I've been briefing people on situational awareness, current threats and vulnerabilities including the insider threat. Your biggest ally against the insider threat is having everyone pay attention to the guy next to him. The insider threat is going to be more serious as we look at companies losing their intellectual property, and it's going to affect their bottom line. Our CEO is very serious about protecting intellectual property. Companies that don't think the insider threat is real, won't be in business for too many years. Data is the business, and if you start losing the data, you're not going to be in the business for long.
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