With data breaches on the rise, companies have real reason to worry about network compromise. Cybercriminals and other malicious actors are often tagged as the main culprits, but as noted by CBR Online, 70 percent of breached data can be traced to employees. In most cases, the problem stems from negligence or poor security management practices rather than ill intent, but the end result is the same: compromise. At Column Technologies, we believe the right identity and access management (IAM) tools are critical to help your company stay safe. Here's a look at three critical facets: ID management, privileged access and application security.

And the beat hacking goes on…

The end of a year brings reflection, as well as a chance to pause and look at our state of security and our growing lack of safety confidence.

Let’s look back at the top hacks of 2015

Definitively speaking, data is an unorganized collection of facts, statistics or other information that can be used for reference or analysis. Most businesses collect data to facilitate making better business decisions. Some small and medium-sized businesses may be able to comb through their collected data manually, looking to collate pieces of data into an actionable piece of information. At an enterprise level, however, the sheer quantity of data collected throughout their systems tends to make manual review and collation prohibitively time-consuming. These organizations need an affordable and effective way to transform technical data into business-relevant information.

According to e-Week, more than 80 percent of organizational data is unstructured residing everywhere: file servers, NAS, SAN, portals, mailboxes, the cloud, the data center—you name it, it’s all over the place. In the wrong hands, this information could expose merger and acquisition plans, competitive intelligence, proprietary research, customer information, and other highly confidential data. For companies under strict audit regulations, fines accompanying such exposure are exponential.

In today’s business world, information security is often a prime factor of success. However, the need to safeguard financial information and other sensitive data must be balanced with providing necessary access to information and resources across your organization’s technology environments. To complicate matters, this balancing act must also adhere to strict compliance requirements.