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Digital transformation: why business continuity and data security are key

Don Boxley looks at some important questions that need to be asked to ensure that business continuity and data security are considered during digital transformation projects.

Whole industries are transforming with the help of IT and workforce digitization and as competition heats up across virtually every industry, the pressure to digitally transform escalates concurrently. 

Whether you are in IT or are a business professional who is responsible for digitization, business continuity and/or security strategies, you need to be able to think on your feet about your new priorities in a world of ongoing change.

While there are numerous variables that organizations must consider as they move towards digital transformation, perhaps the most essential considerations are business continuity and data security. With more business than ever being conducted in the cloud and more third-party partners needing digital access to that data, failing to keep business continuity and data security at the top of your business’s priority list could instantly become a fatal mistake – after all, they are often inexorably linked. 

In today’s cloud environments, one of the most important data security challenges relates to strategic partner data access and sharing. Your organization’s security safeguards are only as strong as the weakest link in your vendor and partner ecosystem. In other words, you may be inadvertently putting sensitive company data at risk every time you conduct digital business with a vendor that is granted access to your system.