IT security systems are designed to prevent malicious outside forces from invading the network. However, these systems generally do little to keep data inside the network. After all, employees, contractors, suppliers, partners and even customers need ready access to data in order to keep the organization running smoothly. Preventing that access would cause operations to grind to a halt.
Comprehensive data leak prevention (DLP) solutions can reduce the number of data loss or exposure incidents and protect business processes that are fueled by mission-critical data. DLP solutions help companies discover, monitor and manage sensitive data in flight across corporate networks, at rest in back-end systems, backups and archives, or in use on servers, desktops and laptops. DLP solutions also help organizations comply with government and industry regulations regarding data security, and ensure that all users adhere to the established internal policies regarding data protection.
Few organizations know where all of their sensitive data resides on the network, and that lack of visibility is a contributing factor in many data loss incidents. As a result, the first step in preventing data loss is to identify data that needs protection — including both corporate secrets such as financial data and trade secrets and custodial data such as customer and payment card information.
Comprehensive DLP solutions include discovery components that identify sensitive data in file servers, databases and e-mail repositories, as well as endpoints such as desktops, laptops and removable storage. Once sensitive data is identified, the DLP solution serves as a centralized platform for setting, managing and enforcing policies governing the protection of that data.
Discovery and policy management functions combine to automatically protect data as it travels across the network and beyond. DLP solutions can also prevent unauthorized users from downloading or copying data onto an endpoint, and inspect communications to ensure that confidential data is not transmitted via e-mail, instant messaging or social networking sites.
Notification mechanisms alert organizations of security lapses so that sensitive data may be transferred to a more secure location. Reporting and analytics tools aid in regulatory compliance and in targeting employee training and awareness programs.
DLP tools have become imperative as the overall cost of data loss continues to skyrocket. According to Ponemon Institute’s ninth annual Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, the average consolidated total cost of a data breach increased 15 percent in the past year to $3.5 million. The study also found that the cost incurred for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased more than 9 percent to a consolidated average of $145.
A strong security posture was critical to decreasing the cost of data breach. Yet only 45 percent of organizations surveyed in the Ponemon study had a strategy in place to protect their information assets.
SageNet’s DLP service identifies sensitive information and blocks transmission to points outside of your network perimeter. A sophisticated pattern-matching engine monitors traffic from multiple applications, such as web-based email and instant messaging, and provides audit trails to aid in policy compliance. Customers can select from a wide range of configurable actions to log, block and archive data, as well as ban or quarantine rogue users. Let SageNet help you prevent a costly data breach with our comprehensive DLP service.