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October 2017, Vol. 19, No. 8

Is data-centric security worth the implementation challenge?

Big data and cloud computing are driving the need for more data-centric approaches to information security at large companies. Threat actors' abilities to slip past network-level defenses -- evident by data breaches such as those at Equifax -- and the need for compliance with security and data privacy regulations require a shift from infrastructure to data-level controls. Analysts have increasingly advocated end-to-end, data-centric security models. Yet, for CISOs, implementing such an approach presents untold challenges. At large organizations with well-entrenched network security programs, moving to a data-centric security model can be especially complex. Awareness of the need for better data-level protections has grown in recent years mostly as the result of data breaches. Though security spending worldwide has spiked sharply and will exceed an estimated $86.4 billion this year, according to technology research firm Gartner, data breach numbers have not declined and instead appear headed in the opposite direction. Numbers ...

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