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

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DLP requires knowledgeable users to optimize its functionality.

Unlike antivirus protection and firewalls, DLP is not a transparent security control. DLP applies the policies established for its function and applies as instructed. Users must understand that for a DLP solution to be optimally effective, operators must understand the specific rules it requires to function. End users need to be educated and trained to ensure it is utilized properly.

Because organizations may not fully understand the limitations of DLP, they often end up with a system that is never fully rolled-out or widely used, or in some cases it is just shelved. DLP must be fully understood and enhanced to ensure your data's security risk is mitigated.

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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