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Preventing Data Loss at your Company

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by monicadear

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CDW for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

  • What would happen if a disgruntled employee decides to take over your company's Twitter feed to voice their complaints?
     
  • What if a rival company hacks your president's password and accesses private spreadsheets showing financial predictions?
     
  • How would you know if a hacker breaks in and downloads a list of all personnel data, including their home addresses?
     
  • What security do you have in place for confidential information stored on employee laptops -- what if the employee loses the laptop?

You can always be better prepared to deal with data loss prevention, which is the leakage or outright stealing of customer details, employee's information, or confidential company data.

Personal details for your customers and employees, as well as any research, development, partners, product, or financial information is private and confidential to your company, and your company's ability to keep that information secure and controlled is only as good as its plan.

A good Data Loss Prevention plan includes encryption - to hide data that is in transit and require a "key" to open it on the other end, as well as data leakage products to help monitor, report on, and restrict data from being printed, e‑mailed, or copied.

Consider the following 4 Fatal Gaps to your current security network:

1) Threat Management
Security awareness continually gets more complex. What was once considered an "extremely safe" precaution may be downgraded to being only "moderately safe". Experts have the knowledge and skills needed to keep on top of the security landscape and to know where trends are going.

2) Mobility and "Always-on" Security
Some 10% of notebooks or other mobile devices are lost or stolen, sometimes directly out of the owner's hands! If your company's private data is left on a stolen machine, that private data is now available and accessible to anyone who can find it. Components to help block and lock down components can help reduce your risk.

3) Data Loss Prevention
I'm most surprised by the ability for management to put into place a "central system" that can examine traffic and all requests to access data in the system. With this kind of reporting in place, it is easier to track how data is "flowing" through your network, and who is accessing what piece of data, at what time, with what level of security access, and from what kind of computer, server, or device.

4) Securing the Cloud
In an era where terabytes of data can be stored "in the cloud", it's important to "harden" access to those pieces that are private or client-related.

Check out the video for more information:

You can get free information on how to deal with these four internal threats from CDW, especially in their Data Loss Prevention center, which has real "Case Studies" from other businesses and an informative "Media Library" with many other white papers and free reports.

 

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