Preventing Data Breach

Aug 21, 2019225

Data breach means a security incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so. It may involve exposure of personal information like social security numbers, credit card numbers or bank details, healthcare histories, personally identifiable information (PII) and corporate information, such as manufacturing processes, customer lists and software source code. If a person, who is not authorized to do so happens to see such data, the organization that has authority of protecting that information is said to have faced a data breach. Most data breaches involve overexposed and vulnerable unstructured data – files, documents, and sensitive information


Causes of breach in data protection:


Phishing: Everybody should be aware of the phishing tactics and recognize phishing scams. Implement an updated and smart firewall that will detect and stop phishing emails.


Loss or theft of a corporate asset: Safeguard the data on your device with encryption and get a solution that offers the ability to clear all the data from the lost or stolen device.


Abuse by an insider: Keep up visibility into how users are accessing and sharing the data with detailed audit reports that show an entire history of custody. Combine this with the ability to get the access back to all data or the specified files and folders for complete control of data access and sharing.


Inadvertent misuse by insider: Establish and maintain control across your entire mobile environment with customizable policies. Limit the data access depending on the employees’ job and needs. With a solution that creates a balance in the data usage through file classification and rule-based permissions, you can make sure that even if data is shared with the wrong person, it will not be exposed.


External attack: To make sure that your business partner has the same level of security like yours, create a clear set of policies. Having an agreement with certification standards and specified requirements make sure your data is protected when it resides with third parties.


Loss/theft of a partner’s asset: Have a filter for data access with the 3rd party vendors and business partners. Give access only to the needed files and folders. Allowing view-only or automatic link expiration by the user will ensure appropriate access.

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