While essential, email can be the silent killer to an organization's security should the email content and attachments fall in the wrong hands. Consider the fact that once sent, email is copied an average of six times during the collaboration process. Not surprisingly, having too many cooks in the kitchen, or in this case, an email, increases the likelihood that a company's data is compromised should the wrong person or a criminal or hacker gain access.
An estimated 88 percent of companies experience some sort of data loss due to emails, underscoring a need for tighter security measures and platforms that ensure emails and documents are shared only with those meant to see them. Additionally, employees must take responsibility for securing their own email files by using enterprise-approved platforms for sharing and collaboration. Even in the case of a "blessed" enterprise file-sharing system, the files themselves need to be persistently protected with digital rights for external collaboration to be fully secure.
With an increase in cyber attacks targeting financial data, health care records, HR files, intellectual property and other forms of highly sensitive data, enterprises must evaluate not only what data is at risk, but where data is at risk. The threat perimeter has expanded well beyond the walls of most organizations as more file sharing, mobile devices and cloud technologies are deployed by IT departments.
Knowing where data resides is the first step in securing the enterprises' new perimeter. However, the battle isn't won until security controls are in place, regardless of a file's location.
In this slideshow, Seclore breaks down the top five areas exposing your sensitive data to risk, and provides tips for minimizing security vulnerabilities.
The top five areas exposing your sensitive data to risk and tips for minimizing security vulnerabilities.