What is project security, and why is it important?
Project security is the measures you put in place to ensure your projects are protected. With project security, there are physical and technological factors to consider. Two examples being data protection and confidentiality within your company. Project security is a complex and yet essential task and requires understanding.
Cybersecurity is an essential preventative in the world of today. In 2020, there were 3,950 data breaches and 157,525 cybersecurity incidents reported across 81 countries. It would be natural, then, to assume that more security is better for you. Rigorous project security can protect you from potentially disastrous situations, but keep in mind how restrictive this can become for your employees. One report shows sixty per cent of leaders found their security too restrictive in allowing optimum performance. The key to good project security is managing the challenge of combining it with the means of allowing people to work freely.
How can projects be securely managed?
Physical security defines how project data is stored. Most of the time, companies store project data in data storage facilities. For optimal physical security, data storage must align with your requirements and commitments to your customers, or at least you must be acutely aware of the differences. Often, store their data in other countries where laws may differ. Also, your data location requires protection from physical factors. CCTV, fire and smoke alarms, effective power backup systems, for example, are all examples of things to consider for maximum levels of physical security.
Network security is how companies can protect projects from unauthorized access to data. Companies manage network security either through the network or network-based resources they use to manage their project. Numerous procedures such as Firewalls, intrusion detection, and alert systems, all well managed by experienced security personnel, are necessary for online protection. A secure online connection that can anticipate and react to network attacks and a well-regulated and monitored internal security system is key to managing security risk. Implementing these processes allows for quicker responses and a reduced likelihood of a negative outcome.
This is how secure the software is that you are using to manage your project. Does it offer a reliable form of user authentication in that passwords must be complex, or two-step authentication is required? Are you sensitive and selective with the data you want to share so only trustworthy or relevant users have access? Are you able to keep on top of what everyone is doing, such as changes in user activity? Factors such as these are necessary to ensure the safety of your project data.
For peace of mind, consider project management software. At Execview, we pride ourselves on our commitment to security. We are ISO 9001 and 27001 certified. All data stored is in servers operated by a top-rated and highly secure data centre, in our commitment to physical and network security. Our software allows you to limit access by roles and profiles. Our staff are all security cleared, and all your data is encrypted to guarantee privacy and application security.