Every organisation must invest in data security no matter its size. In this digital world, businesses depend on data storage and transaction to do some operations. Data usage has increased business efficiency and profitability. However, it comes with possible security risks that could devastate an organisation. Regardless of the type of breach, the victim will experience serious consequences like downtime and expensive legal fees. This makes it important to take data protection more seriously by investing in customer identity and access management systems. But, organisations are often reluctant because of the costs involved.

Organisations are responsible for the confidentiality and safety of their clients and employee information.  Unfortunately, this is a tedious task as hackers always come up with an advanced mechanism to evade a company’s safety and security measures. But, companies must employ data security mechanisms and procedures to protect their data against threats to protect their business reputation.

Here are some ways organisations can justify costs as they implement security measures:

Maintain Brand Reputation

Businesses must provide trustful services to their clients. In return, their customers trust them with sensitive information with every purchase.  While no business will want to harm their clients, an accidental leak of sensitive data could possibly affect their business reputation. When a security breach takes place, a lot more money is at stake. Stolen information might put the clients at risk and the future of the business. It takes years to gain brand reputation but it can only take minutes to destroy it.

Avoid Unnecessary Expenditures

It is the legal responsibility of every business to protect information like employee data, financial details, and confidential client files. But, some of them are not aware of the adverse effects that such vulnerabilities can impose upon their organisation. Thus, they don’t invest in adequate data security and the required security protocols. However, for a small business, a data breach could cost a huge amount of money. Such expenditures include the cost of a fine, employee workflow disruption, and the extra costs for steps to restore company data and network safety. But, the consequences of data loss are more than just monetary as it can also affect an organisation’s dependability and trust. Losing sensitive data can impact the company’s’ future and jeopardise its growth opportunities.

Unsecured portals, endpoints, websites, smart devices, and networks are vulnerable systems to invade by possible hackers. Therefore, organisations must review their safety mechanisms for data processing and handling in their IT environment. They can employ the role-based access control method to keep their data more secure. With this approach, the company can decide who accesses a certain type of data based on their role in the organisation.