DATA LOSS PREVENTION

Data Loss Prevention is a  process used to prevent sensitive data from being lost, stolen or exposed to unauthorised parties. This can include data in various forms such as documents, emails, files and other digital content.

DLP is important for organisations for several reasons. Firstly, it helps to protect sensitive data, including confidential business information, intellectual property, financial data and customer data. Loss or theft of such data can result in significant financial and reputational damage to organisations. 

Secondly, DLP assists organisations to comply with regulatory requirements related to data protection such as GDPR. Finally, DLP monitors and manages data usage by employees, contractors and third-party vendors, thereby reducing the risk of insider threats and data breaches.

DLP TECHNOLOGIES

Cyber Security

Network-based DLP monitors data flowing over the network such as email, web traffic and file transfers to prevent data leakage by blocking or encrypting sensitive data in transit.

Endpoint DLP solutions are installed on individual devices such as laptops, desktops and mobile devices. These solutions monitor data being stored, accessed or transmitted by the endpoint device and can prevent data loss by blocking or encrypting sensitive data.

Discovery-based DLP scans an organisation’s systems and networks to identify and classify sensitive data based on its sensitivity. This can assist organisations in developing policies for protecting sensitive data and identifying any data leakage risks.

Cloud-based DLP solutions are designed to protect data stored in cloud environments such as SaaS applications, cloud storage and cloud-based collaboration tools. These solutions monitor and control data access and usage within the cloud environment.

Hybrid DLP solutions combine multiple DLP technologies such as network-based, endpoint and cloud-based to provide a comprehensive data protection solution.

Data-centric audit and protection (DCAP) provide both data discovery and classification as well as monitoring and protection capabilities to identify, classify and protect sensitive data wherever it resides.

DLP SOLUTION CHALLENGES

Implementing a DLP solution can be challenging for organisations due to several factors, including:

Complexity

To implement and maintain due to the need to integrate with various systems and applications, as well as the need to manage policies and rules for data protection.

False positive

May generate false positives, where legitimate activities are flagged as security incidents. This can result in unnecessary alerts and disruption to business operations.

User resistance

Can be perceived as intrusive and may meet resistance from employees who feel that their privacy is being violated. This can result in non-compliance and the circumvention of DLP policies.

Limited Visability

DLP solutions may not have complete visibility into all data flows and usage, especially in cloud and mobile environments.

Cyber Security Solution - Astutus

BEST PRACTICES FOR DLP

  • Conduct a risk assessment
  • Development policies and procedures
  • Implement the right technology
  • Monitor and audit regularly
  • Conduct penetration testing
  • Collaborate with stakeholders
  • Review and update policies
  • Monitor and respond to incidents

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

 Data loss prevention is a separate package and pricing can be requested from a sales agent together with additional products and services to streamline IT infrastructure systems to be secure, stable and reliable. 

For more information view the Astutus packages.

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