Data Leakage Prevention (DLP)

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Written by James Page

Data leakage is a serious problem; whether through malice or accident, data leaks out of companies. But it shouldn’t. Accede-IT security experience means it can advise what solutions are available. The goverment, banks and anyone who deals with the public will know how key the customers data protections is. Amongst many of our solution we have found that Dell’s SonicWALL the right piece of kit for SME businesses and its expandable and  flexible grow with your business. to prevent confidential data from leaking out to unauthorised recipients. At the other end of the market is the CISCO equipment that the large companies use, the solutions are to the general user eye the same, but to the IT Security officer there is mammoth difference in the depth of configuration.   Most business we speak with always say Data Leakage is not an issue for there company as they don’t have as any employees and they believe they can trust their staff. Well right now employees around the globe are using business networks to communicate, collaborate, and access data. Businesses eager to increase productivity have embraced the growing integration of network communications and business operations, and have encouraged employees to take advantage of technology such as wireless devices and public hotspots. Productivity is booming, but network-based collaboration introduces corporate data into a broader environment that is more vulnerable and difficult to protect. Data stored on the corporate network is also at risk because it is more accessible than ever. Organizations provide easy access to databases for information sharing, and storage and compression technology has allowed for more powerful (and risk-laden) endpoints. Just think there is a high chance your employees have a mobile phone, and for example an 80-MB mobile device now holds 6000 Microsoft Word documents or 720,000 emails, and new 64-GB removable devices allow an entire hard drive to be copied onto a device the size of a pack of gum. These devices make it easier for your employees, partners, or data thieves to access, move, or lose intellectual property or customer data. Do you still think you can trust everyone when its so easy to copy ? In addition to having more data at risk, businesses today suffer greater consequences if that data is lost or compromised. The loss of intellectual property, such as proprietary product blueprints, financial data, and merger and acquisition plans, can damage a company’s reputation, undermine its brand, or jeopardize its competitive edge. Breaches of regulatory requirements for handling sensitive customer data can reduce customer confidence and lead to fines. Savvy companies institute security policies and train employees about the risk of data loss, but the effectiveness of those actions is questionable. In the past two years, more than 250 million confidential records were reported lost or stolen.  And those losses do not always originate from external threats. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, innocently or maliciously, employees engage in behaviours that heighten the risk of data loss.To reduce data leakage and protect corporate information, IT organizations need to understand how employees behaviour increases risk and take steps to foster a security-conscious corporate culture in which employees adhere to policies and procedures. If you want to demystify Data Leakage and get  a suitable solution in place to safe guard your business please contact James (james@accede-it.co.uk) and arrange a time to dicuss

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