I have a friend who boasts the best problem solving skills (And I’m sure you know someone like this too). No matter how tight the spot, they have the ingenuity, adaptability and wit to wriggle their way out.

Just recently they needed a priority package delivered, however, due to a little bit of a bad luck and a little bit of poor planning, this particular package was one thousand kilometres from its destination, with very little time to make it. It took umpteen hours on the phone and calling in quite a few favours from all major postal services to eventually get the package delivered. It made it just in time – prioritised just above a life-saving lung that was on its way to a hospital.

So problem-solvers certainly come at a high premium, and of course, with good reason. Not enough is said, however, for problem-avoiders. A problem never faced is a problem that’s already solved.

At ZircoDATA, we believe prevention is always better than finding a cure. It’s crucial you safeguard your business against human error, bad luck or forces beyond your control. Preparedness gives your business the best chance at success – especially when it comes to protecting yourself against reputational or financial damage.

A study by Galaxy Research revealed many Australian organisations experience potentially damaging ‘information mishaps’ as part of their day to day business. These ‘mishaps’ could include any loss of information, unauthorised access, theft or inappropriate disclosure of confidential, private or secure information.

Alarmingly, the study found that more than one in six Australian organisations had experienced an information mishap in the 12 months leading up to the study. Even more concerning is the fact that an additional 25% of those organisations surveyed couldn’t even say whether or not they’d suffered an information mishap in that same time period.

Adding those figures together allows for a conservative estimate: up to 40% of all businesses in Australia have suffered one of these information mishaps in recent memory. Considering the volume of business and customer data processed through each organisation, the potential for large-scale impact is enormous.

The same survey asked businesses to identify key problem areas to determine the origin of these information mishaps. More than two in three admitted that internal security lapses caused the leak of sensitive information within their organisation. Of that group, 41% identified a failure of internal procedures or systems as the overriding cause for information mishaps. Interestingly, only 5% of organisations surveyed claimed they were the victim of a malicious attack.

When it comes to your information security, here’s a lot to be gained from these insights. It’s important you and your organisation take note to ensure you’re in a strong standing.

First and foremost: prevention, prevention, prevention. It’s clear that the business community is not taking enough precautionary steps to ensure all risks are minimised before any damage can occur. This is especially important when considering that some of the larger information data breaches of the past ten years have resulted in companies and organisations suffering damaged reputations and in the worst cases, these organisations have been forced into financial reparation.

Secondly, for prevention to work, you need a strategy. The need for a clear and functioning strategy to execute information security is apparent across the whole spectrum of Australian businesses. The need to prioritise information risk in large organisations across the country is not being sufficiently addressed. Most organisations are struggling to find the right person or function within the business to take charge of this work.

Finally, organisations are underestimating the importance of changing minds. It’s increasingly important to embed an organisational culture wherein information security is prioritised for every individual, trickling from the top down. Many organisations, particularly larger ones, fail to consider the importance of keeping employees on the same page as management when it comes to data security. Being clear with each employee about their role in the overall process of information management can prove far more beneficial in the long term.

To learn more about becoming a “problem-avoider” with key prevention strategies, contact ZircoDATA or feel free to email us at services@zircodata.com.au or call us on 13 ZIRCO, to get in touch with one of our information management experts.