3 signs your organization needs IRM

There are some in-your-face indications that will emerge from the carcass of your failed use cases that can be taken as indications that your organization is crying out for some IRM help.

Losing sleep over security nightmares?

These days you can’t step out of your house or into a conference without some news about hackers hacking its way through your head. The enterprise security space in particular is atwitter with such inscrutabilities and whodunits. Is my network really as vulnerable as that McAfee report howls? Is the Chinese government really in cahoots with those damn pesky Chinese hackers? Did the NSA really inadvertently enable that great Gmail hack of 2010? (Answer: Yes it did).

In every industry where companies have been hacked (which is every industry), CISOs often gripe about how they’re losing sleep over their organization’s security in today’s cloud computing weather. How on earth (or shall we say, in the cloud), wonder CISOs, does an organization maintain its information’s security while also enabling a substantial amount of collaboration on it? Do the security and collaboration levels on a piece of confidential data always have to be in inverse proportion?

Enter IRM, which is the only technology available today that can guarantee security and collaboration simultaneously. With more and more organizations opting for cloud-based access to resources as well as their data, IRM is quite literally the only security solution that can help you not only secure information while enabling collaboration on a global scale, but also monitor its usage or change access levels to it at any time. For example, I might send you a document from the other side of the planet, and allow you to edit it only till next Tuesday – you would only be able to view it after that. Or maybe not even then. I control the document, remotely. I can change your level of access (including revoking all access) to it even when the document is actually sitting on your computer.

Yes – it’s true. With IRM, the (highly granular) security boundary travels with the information. No more blocking USB drives. No more headaches if an employee loses his laptop. No more head scratching over how to stop people from printing your stuff.

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So if IRM does indeed have the crazy potential to be every CISO’s dream, it remains a surprise to this day that not many organizations have woken up from their slumber. An understatement released by Gartner in a 2010 report predicted, as a strategic planning assumption, that “fewer than 3 percent of organizations globally will employ an EDRM solution to protect their most sensitive assets”. For most enterprise security experts, IRM is generally considered a boondockism – something not quite kosher, something that might have worked in a galaxy far far away, but “not for us at this time”. Perhaps they assume that their use cases are any different than the millions of others that IRM has rescued from the trenches.  The IRM industry often gripes that most organizations will refuse to even consider IRM for their security needs. They won’t consider an IRM solution because they wouldn’t know what an IRM solution was if it marched right up to them in uniform.

The writing on the wall: Signs that your organization needs IRM

There are some in-your-face indications that will emerge from the carcass of your failed use cases that can be taken as indications that your organization is crying out for some IRM help:

1. You have offices across geographies and a huge amount of cross-country collaboration via the Cloud. The very first sign that you need a boundary-independent security solution. In this cloudy weather, it is difficult to determine where one boundary ends and the other begins. With information traveling across different countries, each with their own laws (and more importantly, different enforcement levels), what you need is a boundary that protects just the information itself and nothing else.

2.    You outsource a lot of your work and will do so even more in the future. For every company that considers offshoring as essential to their growth strategy, there is a CISO that suffers from vendorophobia. The more your CFO loves third-world low-cost vendors, the more your CISO hates them. With IRM, you can sit back and relax while your information takes care of itself. If you don’t trust the security apparatus of your vendors or even your own local guys (or perhaps that country’s lax law enforcement), IRM can help you both in security as well as strategy.

3. You possess a lot of intellectual property and even more pending patents. Sending IP-related documents to your partners in another country is one thing, believing their assurances about security quite another. And with more than 97 percent of data breaches being accidental, IRM is the only way to prevent inadvertent data breaches even by authorized users. This is done by providing highly granular and compartmentalized access to the information to different users, thus ensuring that someone is authorized to perform one activity but not the other.

Most large organizations today (and even many smaller ones) experience a few if not all of these ailments, but usually fail to recognize them as a cry for help. As you foresee the risk of one use case after another being compromised, it might just be time to open your eyes to IRM. After all, as most CISOs would readily admit, they would rather lose their sleep than their confidential data. Or their jobs.

IRM Secure is an Enterprise Information Rights Management (IRM) company providing risk mitigation from information leakages whilst enhancing collaboration and data security. IRM Secure’s Information Security Management Solutions provide persistent end-to-end information protection for secure outsourcing and document usage control. The expertise lies in protection of data post distribution irrespective of its location and mode of transfer.

The Products:

IRM Secure’s products, IRM Secure FileSecure and IRM Secure InfoSource, help mitigate the risk arising out of information breaches and regulatory non-compliance whilst enhancing collaboration. This is done by providing ubiquitous technology for information control within and outside of the enterprise, which seamlessly works with existing infrastructure. It is easy to deploy and use, and comes with pay-as-you-use pricing.

For more information, contact us at 905-366-4444 or visit us at www.irmsecure.com

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