What is it, and why does it matter?
In simple terms, data leakage occurs when data is transmitted from an organization to an external party without permission. In today’s world, this often happens through technology. Even amid a global pandemic, data leakage remains a threat due to modern technology.
Data leakage can originate from various sources. Inside threats involve individuals within the organization or hackers who have accessed insider accounts, obtaining sensitive data and sharing it outside.
Outside threats encompass well-known risks related to data leakage. Cyber-attacks, phishing, malware, and other criminal tools are used to access data, necessitating protection and vigilant monitoring by organizations.
Unintentional exposure arises not only from malicious attacks but also from negligence or failure to follow best practices. Leaving Internet access unprotected, overlooking potential threats, or exposing sensitive data in public settings can result in data leakage. A vigilant organization considers all forms of data leaks and continually monitors its workflow and vulnerabilities to identify and address potential breach points.
To prevent data leakage, organizations must identify their data types, as each has distinct vulnerabilities.
- Physical data includes printed materials, optical discs, or flash drives with sensitive content. Leaving these unattended or easily accessible invites data leakage, often discovered only when these items are missing or compromised.
- Data in motion involves data travel paths between locations, such as email, peer-to-peer communication, and wireless networks. Each device accessing data in motion can be a source of leakage, posing threats to data endpoints. This data can also be saved on physical devices like flash drives or hard drives, introducing new and often unknown leak sources.
- Data at rest refers to data stored in databases or other long-term methods. While it has fewer potential leakage points, the database itself can be a target for criminals seeking valuable data.
Threats to these data types can lead to various consequences, from compliance violations to legal issues and organizational viability threats. Addressing data breaches before they occur requires a proactive long-term plan that adapts with business changes.
Mitigating Risks with Data Leak Prevention
We offer Data Leak Prevention strategies to secure your network, servers, files, devices, and associated hardware and software. Through strategic planning and step-by-step implementation, we establish effective prevention measures. Our approach involves:
Analyzing your company’s needs Listening to your file priorities Studying existing infrastructure Identifying suitable software and hardware solutions Setting up a security structure to flag unauthorized access or vulnerabilities Adapting security measures as threats evolve
We also implement advanced measures:
- Email Control & Monitoring: Filtering content reduces email-based threats.
- Encryption: Encrypting data prevents unauthorized access.
- Firewalls: Firewalls block malicious activity.
- Endpoint Protection: Securing devices prevents unauthorized data access.
Additional measures include securing backups, analyzing data, and educating users, culminating in a robust system that benefits your team, clients, and partners.
For questions or data security assistance, Imperium Data Services is here to guide and implement solutions. Connect with us through our contact pageContact Us to start the conversation.