by Michael McDonald and Kim Chandler McDonald, Co-Founders of FlatWorld™ Integration
Unencrypted integration platforms, operating system patches; application upgrades; accessing your network through your printer - they’re all potential points of vulnerability for your business. Simply put, any technology that is part of your company or technology belonging to your employee or a visitor to your site (either online or in person) - can, if it has access your network (either via wifi or any other means) leave you and your data exposed and susceptible to data breaches and your organisation liable for serious fines for noncompliance with data breach laws.
You may think that you are already acutely aware of your data security problems. However, what you may not realise is that your favourite, trusted integration platform could be contributing to your vulnerability.
How? By transporting data between your multiple applications and processes as free text. Because of this, it only takes a single breach, in only one of those node, to expose all of your data and/or or your customer’s data. The more applications you integrate, the greater your exposure. Unfortunately, attempting to keep your data secure using outmoded methods such as firewalls simply won’t cut it.
Who cares if you have a strong firewall if someone has accessed your network through connecting to a node, such as your printer, via wifi. That’s like relying on security cameras in your office while you’ve left the back door unlocked. That is, in a word, useless.
Perhaps, in fact, less than useless because you’ve lulled yourself into a false sense of security and let your guard down. The concept of mitigating risk by installing firewalls and hiding behind them simple doesn’t work; you are, more often than not, at risk via your weakest link.
Fl@World is designed to give you agility and improve your data security levels out-of-the-box by encrypting your data onto disk and ‘in flight’. With one click you can grant auditable, access permissions to your colleagues, vendors and partners. They are only given access to what you decide to give them permission to access - via their own unique, auditable IDs. At any time, via this auditability, you are able to see who has accessed what and what they have access to. Adjusting this accessibility is, again, just one click away.
Now, even if your printer has not been updated and a ‘worst case scenario’ occurs - such as someone, or something (IoT, etc.) unauthorised accesses your network - all they have is encrypted data that is, essentially, useless to them. Compare that to an unencrypted Excel spreadsheet containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) - which leaves your company legally accountable for fines, etc., if it falls into the wrong hands.
Unencrypted integration platforms, data security and data regulatory compliance are serious issues for businesses of any and every size, from the largest Enterprise to the smallest SMB. However, the problems around these issues are eminently and simply solvable. Fl@World stops your reliance on vulnerable platforms and ineffectual firewalls and instead, enables you to connect, collaborate and thrive using secure data.