Security compliance protects assets, builds trust

When data security breaches are handled at the edges, the core of the castle — its secret engine — can continue working as planned

Scott Taylor, vice president and chief privacy officer at Hewlett-Packard

Think about the last time you flew. Chances are, you didn't give a lot of thought to the engine of the plane. Yet, if that engine had malfunctioned, if something had gone wrong, then you certainly would have known about it. The engine is the hidden core of the plane, and it requires constant maintenance, updates and oversight. When you step foot on that giant steel tube, you put your trust in the airline and the pilot. If something goes wrong, you’ll likely be in serious trouble.

Everything that is true about an airplane engine is true about data security, at least according to Scott Taylor, vice president and chief privacy officer at Hewlett-Packard. He fully understands that data security is more important than ever, and, especially in light of recent high-profile breaches, companies need to take data security compliance seriously.

Dealing with the inevitable

As companies become more dependent on cloud and distributed environments, they are opening doors to vulnerability, and therefore the challenges of data security will only increase. This will lead to jurisdictional questions, cautions Taylor, as assigning responsibility for data that rests in the cloud is not always as clear-cut as it seems.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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