Why Your Organisation Needs to Invest in DLP Solutions

Why Your Organisation Needs to Invest in DLP Solutions

DLP is essential for organisations. DLP ensures that data remains confidential and cannot be stolen. DLP solutions can be put in place to protect data.

The top threat to an organisation’s data and data compliance obligations is not external cyberattacks but insider threats and data loss because of malicious, neglectful, and compromised users. DLP solutions can protect sensitive data even when employees and end-users are working offline. Let’s take a look at how you can protect your company’s IP, PII, financial data and other regulated data types without damaging productivity.

What is Data Loss Prevention?

Data loss prevention, or DLP for short, is a set of tools and processes that can be used to make sure that sensitive data is protected from loss, misuse, or access by unauthorised users. DLP software identifies regulated, confidential, and critical data and pinpoints policy violations defined by enterprises or within a predefined policy pack usually determined by some regulatory compliance. After the identification of violations, DLP implements remediation with alerts, encryption, and other protective measures to ensure that end users do not accidentally or maliciously share data that could harm the organisation. DLP also has reporting to meet compliance and auditing requirements and point out areas of vulnerabilities and anomalies for forensics and incident response.

Why Do I Need DLP?

DLP addresses 3 common points of concern for many organisations:

  1. Personal Information Protection/Compliance: If an organisation stores Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Protected Health Information (PHI), or Payment Card Information (PCI), they are subject to compliance regulations that make it necessary to protect their customer’s sensitive data. DLP identifies, classifies and tags sensitive data while monitoring activities and events that surround that data. Additionally, reporting capabilities provide details that are necessary for compliance audits.
  2. IP Protection: Some organisations store important intellectual property or trade secrets that can damage the organisation if stolen. DLP solutions use context-based classification that can classify intellectual property in unstructured as well as structured forms. Organisations can be protected against the unauthorised transfer of this data if they have DLP policies and controls in place.
  3. Data Visibility: Comprehensive enterprise DLP solutions can allow you to view and track data on endpoints, networks, and the cloud. This can provide insights into how individual users interact with data within your organisation.

On top of these 3 uses, DLP can remediate a variety of points of concern such as insider threats, user and entity behaviour, etc.

Causes of Data Leaks

Here are 3 of the most common reasons for data leaks:

  • Extrusion: Most cyberattacks are targeted at sensitive data. Attackers use techniques like phishing, malware, or code injection to penetrate the security perimeter and get access to data.
  • Insider Threats: A malicious insider or an attacker that has hacked a privileged user account can take advantage of their permissions to perform data exfiltration.
  • Accidental Data Exposure: A large number of data leaks happen due to employees who lose sensitive data in public, give open Internet access to data, or do not restrict access in accordance with organisational policies.

Components of a DLP Solution

A DLP solution has multiple components which are explained as follows:

  • Securing Data at Rest- Archived organisational data can be protected through access control, encryption, and data retention policies.
  • Securing Data in Use- If a user accidentally or maliciously performs unauthorised activities with data, DLP systems can monitor and flag such activities.
  • Securing Data in Motion- Traffic can be analysed at the network edge by installed technology to detect sensitive data that is in violation of security policies.
  • Securing Endpoints- Information transfer between users, user groups, and external parties can be controlled with the help of endpoint-based agents. Blocking attempted conversations in real-time and providing user feedback are the features of some endpoint-based systems.
  • Data Identification- Determining whether or not data needs to be protected is essential. Data can be marked as sensitive manually by applying rules and metadata or automatically using techniques like machine learning.
  • Data Leak Detection- Security systems like IDS, IPS, and SIEM along with DLP solutions find data transfers that are suspicious. These systems can also raise an alert to notify security staff of a possible data leak.

How SECUREU provides DLP Solutions

Here at SECUREU, we take DLP very seriously. Firstly, we perform an analysis of your business to find out what type of data is stored within your organisation. After that, we segregate the data based on its confidentiality and criticality. We then proceed to install software and implement our DLP solution which has rules and policies designed to fit your needs. Our DLP solutions ensure that essential data is locked and cannot be copied. It even sends alerts to the administrator in case of a breach or bypass of security policies. We secure all types of data including personal, pcs, BYODs, and the data on them. To ensure that no one can copy data onto a pen drive we implement blocking of USB ports.

Contact us to find the perfect solution to your security concerns!

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