You may have read about requirements imposed on an unprecedented number of companies, such as stricter Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that cover even companies only tangentially involved in handling protected information. Companies that don’t comply risk heavy fines that could amount to millions. And failure to comply with these and other standards could jeopardize their ability to do business with government or government contractors, or with security-conscious financial companies.
There’s lots of talk these days about the consequences of inadequate security, compliance and reliability in business communications systems. Data leaks affect millions and embarrass the businesses associated with them. Privacy violations put companies’ assets and reputations at risk. Downtime results in huge hits to the bottom line. The results? Lost customers and missed business opportunities.