Data Security – An Overview for Executive Board members [Part 5: Data Compartmentalization]

Parasam

Introduction

This part of the series will discuss Data Compartmentalization – the rational separation of devices, data, applications and communications access from each other and external entities. This strategy is paramount in the design of a good Data Security model. While it’s often overlooked, particularly in small business (large firms tend to have more experienced IT managers who have been exposed to this), the biggest issue with Compartmentalization is keeping it in place over time, or not fully implementing it correctly in the first place. While not difficult per se, a serious amount of thought must be given to the layout and design of all the parts of the Data Structure of a firm if the balance between Security and Usability is to be attained in regards to Compartmentalization.

The concept of Data Compartmentalization (allow me to use the acronym DC in the rest of this post, both for ease…

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