Data Loss Prevention: 5 Reasons You Need to Step Up Your Game

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Limited by Tunnel Vision

DLP can have a narrow focus.

DLP is not agile in enforcing access policies when data has crossed the perimeter and is outside the network defenses. DLP is like a security guard, protecting the doors. It will either stop or not stop elements from coming inside and breaching the perimeter. It will apply the policy on file and do as it instructs. This means that sometimes, threats can slip by the DLP protection in place.

Companies must embrace a new way of thinking to better identify and protect sensitive information that could be leaked or disclosed. There is no longer such a thing as a 'secure network perimeter.' By ignoring this fact, organizations are passively making a choice between locking data down so tightly that it hinders productivity or relaxing controls to the point that it could result in the inability to mitigate a security breach.

Organizations have turned to data loss prevention (DLP) tools as the answer to security breaches. Existing DLP offerings do an admirable job at detecting and preventing unauthorized attempts to copy or send sensitive data without authorization. Yet, they do not always provide a comprehensive security solution, because unstructured data, while easy to work with for the DLP user base, is also easily lost, leaked or stolen.

Sensitive content can be tricky for DLP solutions to identify after it's been saved or sent, as it may contain encryption, common words, vague patterns, or inexact input or context. Most DLP solutions deliver false positive rates in these instances, because, quite simply, DLP cannot always answer the important questions such as: 1) what data is truly sensitive; 2) who should have access to it; 3) how is the data to be handled; and 4) when should access be granted or revoked?

In this slideshow, Watchful Software has identified the top five reasons you should step up your data loss prevention strategy.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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