Cyber security is an increasingly important topic. Whether you are in the construction, financial, legal, healthcare, education or many other industries, your data needs to be both accessible and secure. Internal and external security threats can affect your operations, earnings, and level of trust your clients have with your organization. With the growth of cloud-computing and mobile technology the demand to keep sensitive information and data secure will only increase.

Few companies can afford the disruption to operations caused by a security breach. Enter a Chief Security Office. This C-level professional will lead the charge for security measure of data within your company. CSOs usually possess a master’s degree. They will make the procedures, guidelines and direction for information security policies within your company. These guidelines should be set in place to protect information and data from internal and external threats. The CSO will be responsible for the planning, coordinating, developing, and implementing of all cyber security measures.  They can also educate other employees on data security measures and best practices. Not every company is able to add another C-level position to their organization just yet. With or without a Chief Security Officer, all organizations should have a data recovery plan so they do not lose their data and information. If a CSO is not currently in your scope, consider doing outsourced IT. This alternative will fit you data security needs and other tech needs your company may have. They will be able to assist you in doing a technology-based risk assessment annually, which is a best practice when it comes to data security. This can give a baseline of the measure that need to be taken to keep your sensitive information and data safe. An outsourced tech provider can assist you in creating a data classification policy and verse you in cyber liability insurance. Deciding if you need a CSO can take a good deal of internal auditing and planning. This tech-focused executive can be replaced by outsourced IT. Take your time in researching the benefits and costs of each option.