Is your organization ready for today’s security challenges?

As 2013 came to an end, the headlines of security breaches showcased that no organization, large or small, was immune to data breaches. A data breach is not only detrimental to a company’s public image, but also their bottom line. Today’s attackers prove to be more creative than ever when it comes to obtaining sensitive business data and it is up to the organizations IT security team to ensure data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Studies have shown that 89% of IT decision makers say that security technologies are critical or important to creating a business advantage.

Follow these 7 best practices to protect your company’s critical business information:

1)  A Modern, Mobile Approach

Take a modern, mobile and services- based view on your organization’s security policies. Be sure to enforce the policies consistently across various user and usage models.

2) Automate Security Seamlessly

Automate security within the organization seamlessly- building desired behaviors into the user experience- and monitor your effectiveness continuously.

3) Engage With Line of Business Organizations

Close working relationships between IT executives and line-of-business managers are essential ingredient for effective security. Meeting regularly with business decision makers empowers security leaders to build appropriate safeguards into new business initiatives right from the beginning.

4)  Build Security Into the Business Solution

To ensure that there are no gaps in security, an organization must architect and maintain and information technology foundation that builds security directly into the business solution.

5) Cover All Bases

Focus on a comprehensive security plan that protects across various areas, such as applications, data, devices, networks and usage.

6) Educate

Educating your employees is vital. An informed, security-conscious workforce is every company’s first line of defense against security threats, so teaching people how to work safely from any location on any device must be a top priority. Be sure to implement policies that are personal and specific to the job people are doing.

7) Audit, Measure and Report

A security plan cannot be effective if it isn’t properly scrutinized and measured properly. An organization must constantly audit, measure and report on security effectiveness across governance, compliance and risk management programs.

Visit our booth, #3641, at the RSA Conference to hear from the industry’s leading security experts on how Citrix helps protect critical business information and visit citrix.com/secure.