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FIVE COMMON DATA SECURITY PITFALLS TO AVOID

Even as the IT landscape becomes increasingly decentralised and complex , it ’ s important to understand that many security breaches are preventable . While individual security challenges and goals may differ from company to company , often organisations make the same widespread mistakes as they begin to tackle data security . What ’ s more , many enterprise leaders often accept these errors as normal business practice .

There are several internal and external factors that can lead to successful cyberattacks , including :
• Erosion of network perimeters
• Increased attack surfaces offered by more complex IT environments
• Growing demands that cloud services place on security practices
• Increasingly sophisticated nature of cyber crimes
• Persistent cybersecurity skills shortage – Lack of employee awareness surrounding data security risks
Compliance doesn ’ t necessarily equal security . Organisations that focus their limited security resources to comply with an audit or certification can become complacent . Many large data breaches have happened in organisations that were fully compliant on paper . p
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