One of the most intimidating issues that gives nightmares to IT teams across organizations is data breaches or data loss. Typically, data loss happens when security is compromised and corporate sensitive data is accessed. It might fall under any of these categories:
- Unauthorized, intentional or unintentional exfiltration of confidential information
- Data spill or data leak
Data loss happens in many stages and can be broadly categorized into three categories:
- Data in Motion: Data that moves through the network to the outside, in most cases using the Internet
- Data at Rest: Data that rests in your database and other provisions for storage
- Data at the Endpoints: Data at the endpoints of your network, say, data on USB and other plugged-in devices.
Here are some focus areas that can help you minimize data loss:
1. Identify the Top Data Loss Scenarios
If you look into all the data loss scenarios thus far, you will be able to cull out a pattern as to which are the ones that have had the highest impact. Also there may be relatively minor data loss incidents but it might be occurring multiple times in a day.
2. Actively respond to Security Incidents
Once the radar is lit up, security events, tend to pile up thick and fast. It is important to have a dedicated methodology to analyze and respond to all valid security events.
3. Comply with Policy Regulations
If you are handling sensitive and confidential information, you need to be compliant with policy regulations such as FISMA, PCI DSS, HIPAA, etc. Based on the industry in which you operate. For example, if your business involves payment card transactions, you need to be PCI compliant as you are responsible for protecting the cardholder data when you receive it.
LEM also provides over 300 pre-built “audit-proven” templates so you can easily generate and schedule PCI and other regulatory compliance reports, as well as customize reports for your organization’s specific needs.
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