From an ever-increasing uptick in data breaches to the rise of Cybercrime-as-a-Service, data protection will continue to be top of mind for CIOs and their teams through 2018 and beyond.

The Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2018 takes place this week. Based on last year’s data breaches and how cyber security incidents have escalated in 2018, I would place a big bet that the talk coming out of the summit will be very heavy on the topic of data protection.

Here’s why I think we’ll be talking data protection during and after the conference and what it could mean for your business.

The steady drumbeat of data breaches
Beyond the high-profile Equifax data breach, there is a long list of additional breach incidents from 2017. This is not a good look in terms of company brand and reputation, and corporate security and IT leaders are in the hot seat now. Detection, prevention, and mitigation strategies will be the focus as we move forward in 2018.

The data-inventory challenge
In recent years, organizations have struggled to get a good handle on where all their key data resides. With the rise of shadow IT in the cloud, this challenge only increases. An average organization can have hundreds of SaaS applications in use: what’s the likelihood the security team has a good inventory of the data stored within these applications? Continue reading on CSO.