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Secure Your High-Risk Data

Develop a comprehensive data security plan.

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Your Challenge

  • Securing data is no longer as simple as implementing a set of controls around a specific application and database.
  • Sensitive and high-risk data now lives in various repositories both in and out of the organization, in both on-prem and cloud environments.
  • Layer in the process of exchanging data and ensuring secure transfer of this information while keeping it accessible, and the challenge becomes increasingly complex.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • A modern data security strategy must protect data through the entire data lifecycle.
  • Data security efforts must be business-focused, with multi-layered defense, while extending to all data sources.

Impact and Result

  • An understanding of what the compliance obligations for the organization are, and how the security controls in place ensure full adherence.
  • An overview of technical and supporting process controls to evaluate and implement in order to enhance data security.
  • A prioritized set of data security initiatives based on cost, effort, and compliance and business risk values.

Research & Tools

Start here – Read the Executive Brief

Info-Tech’s Secure your High-Risk Data takes a multi-faceted approach to the challenges around comprehensive data security. This research incorporates foundational technical elements, compliance considerations, and supporting processes and policies.

1. Review data security methodologies

Review each of the technical and process controls involved in securing the organization’s high-risk data, mapped to corresponding compliance requirements.

2. Build the data security plan

Begin to close the gaps in your organization’s data security plan by creating a prioritized roadmap of targeted initiatives that cover data-at-rest, in-transit, and in-use.

3. Implement the data security plan

Tie off any loose ends in your data security plan, by ensuring impacted staff are properly trained and supported. Identify and track metrics for each of the control categories to ensure continuous improvement.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Review data security methodologies

Call #1 - Scope requirements, objectives, and your specific challenges.
Call #2 - Review and complete data security controls matrix.
Call #3 - Review and align compliance framework matrix.

Guided Implementation #2 - Build the data security plan

Call #1 - Identify gap closing initiatives
Call #2 - Prioritize all gap-closing initiatives based on criteria.
Call #3 - Evaluate cost and effort table and implementation timeline.

Guided Implementation #3 - Implement the data security plan

Call #1 - Identify user groups and assess appropriate training plans.
Call #2 - Define metrics and establish monitoring schedule.
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