Data Leakage Prevention – Because Sometimes, Prevention Is the Best Cure!

Pallavi Varanasi Cloud Security Expert - CloudCodes Software
  • April 24th, 2020

Data Leakage Prevention

Data volumes are seeing exponential growth, which is, in turn, augmenting data theft possibilities and mistaken disclosures of critical data and sensitive information. What organizations can adopt here to protect these data breaches is DLP, i.e., data leakage prevention. DLP helps in identifying, monitoring, and protecting the data in use, the data that is in motion on the network, and the data that is at rest in data storage areas or on various desktops/laptops/phones/tablets.

Strong Reasons for Organizations to Adopt DLP Solutions

Companies Are Not Always Sure Where the Confidential Data Is Stored, Sent and Who’s Accessing It. DLP provides data location, data flow, and data usage across the enterprise by allowing protection and control of sensitive data, including PII or personally-identifiable-information, customer information, intellectual property, financial data, etc. With thorough data understanding, organizations can set the right protection policies, making risk-prioritized decisions about the assets that need protection and the cost incurred for it.

Companies Are Wary against External Intrusions, but Do Not Protect Data Leak and Unintended Disclosures by Employees/Partners. Not every time, data loss is caused due to malicious attacks of external intruders. Sometimes, it creates an unintended disclosure or inadvertent mishandling of sensitive information by an internal employee. Data Leakage Prevention detects such files containing confidential data and prevents it from being passed through the company’s network by blocking such critical data transfers to removable storage media. DLP also applies policies safeguarding such data on a case-to-case basis.

Companies Worry about Multiple Losses after Data Breaches. Data breaches have been continuously making headlines at an alarming rate wreaking havoc on organizations through fines, negative publicity, lost customers, and other legal actions. Organizations, meanwhile, are taking longer to discover about a breach, and it’s typically the customers or law-enforcement agencies that raise the alarm for them, but unfortunately not their security systems.

Maintaining Compliance Is a Concern with Complex Regulations. Noncompliance penalties with stringent privacy regulations and data breach notifying laws (like the ones within EU GDPR) are growing continuously. Technology controls are mandatory for achieving compliance, which Data Leakage Prevention can provide along with addressing particular requirements, automating compliance, enabling collection & reporting attempts.

Proprietary Information Needs Protection against Data Security Threats Increased due to Enhanced Mobility of Employees and Inception of New Communication Channels.

In most organizations today, employees are turning towards social networking mediums, instant messages, and other Web applications for keeping up with their consumer trends. Data Leakage Prevention, in this case, helps in preventing any accidental disclosure of confidential data and sensitive information across unsecured channels of communication, without putting any permanent blocks, at the same time; thus, keeping them still open for appropriate use. With the use of mobile devices and remote working, corporate data is now residing all over. Wherever the information is living in transit on networks, rest in the company’s storage, or some laptops or Smartphones, DLP helps in monitoring it and reducing any data loss risks.

Data leakage Prevention Must Never Be an Afterthought!

Cloud Access Security Brokers pitch in here. CASB solutions can help a great deal in this regard. Adopting a comprehensive strategy for data leakage prevention must not be an afterthought for any organization, as it can help prevent your organization a great deal. CloudCodes leading cloud-based DLP solution is very useful for organizations to adopt. With CloudCodes DLP solution, enterprises can surely ensure the safety of their intellectual property, proprietary data, and confidential information. The threat of employees sending sensitive data outside the corporate network is minimized with the adoption of CloudCodes DLP solution as it detects any potential data breaches in-motion (network traffic) or at-rest (data storage).

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