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DLP Solution Features and Security

Blog | Altitude Networks, March 29th, 2021

In the digital age, some of a business’ most valuable assets are stored on servers, in data centers, or in the cloud. Protecting those assets from unauthorized access is one of the fundamental principles of any security strategy. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions enforce policies designed to ensure that Intellectual Property (IP), customer and employee records, payment information, or other sensitive data is not vulnerable to misuse or loss. 

Although DLP solutions are essential to protecting a business and its data, they’ve developed somewhat of a bad reputation — legacy solutions typically weren’t user-friendly. They were often difficult to install and set up, and they made workflows more complex, sometimes even to the point where employees would disable them to eliminate the hassle. Legacy DLP solutions were also notorious for returning a high volume of false positives, and busy IT teams had little time or patience for false alarms. Furthermore, techs can develop alert fatigue, making them more prone to ignoring alerts — even those that do need attention. 

Further, and perhaps the most challenging item of DLP, is the need for DLP solutions to evolve and support the technology where critical data lives. This is a particular challenge with the adoption of cloud technologies including SaaS and IaaS platforms.

The challenges and frustrations that these DLP solutions created inspired innovative approaches to data protection, ultimately resulting in solutions available in today’s market that more effectively provide data protection and greater data protection ROI. 

 

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How Effective DLP Solutions Stack Up

Modern DLP solutions offer features that their legacy counterparts don’t, such as:  

A DLP solution has to function where the business operates. If the business’s infrastructure, applications, or data live in the cloud or within specific cloud applications, for example, then the solution needs to address the realities and specifics of protecting data in the cloud. 

Typical businesses generate massive volumes of data, some that must be strictly guarded against unauthorized access. On the other hand, some can be freely shared throughout the organization or with partners, customers, or the public. DLP solutions need to enforce policies that limit access to certain types of data, but they shouldn’t inhibit the routine exchange of information. 

If you’re looking for a solution that will have high employee buy-in and adoption, discount any DLP solution that requires employees to spend time labeling sensitive information manually. State-of-the-art DLP solutions will have the capability to identify sensitive data automatically. 

Once a business determines which data must be protected and configured the solution to meet your needs, it should, obviously, work the way it’s supposed to. A leading DLP solution will offer very high accuracy rates and inspire confidence that it is working to minimize data loss and sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. It also needs to restore the IT team’s faith that alerts from a DLP system are worth the time and effort to investigate, enabling them to focus on issues that need their attention rather than false alarms. 

Identifying risks to data security is crucial, but companies also need ways to remediate those issues. When an alert reveals potential data loss or noncompliance with data protection policies, a DLP solution should also make resolution easy, whether the risk is to one file or hundreds of files. 

DLP solutions protect more than data. They can also protect businesses in other ways. A growing number of regulations, such as the California Privacy Rights Act, are requiring businesses to put procedures and tools in place that protect data, such as protected health information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), or customers’ personal data. DLP solutions should support compliance with regulations that pertain to the business’ industry and make audits and reporting easier. 

As business operations and interactions with suppliers or other business partners increasingly take place virtually, keeping track of data becomes more complicated. DLP solutions should provide real-time visibility into where data is and how employees or people outside the organization are interacting with it. A full-featured DLP solution will enable company leadership to track data within the network or in the cloud. It also provides traceability so that managers can retrain them on data protection best practices.  

Check out theAltitude Networks’ rapid security assessmentto understand your risk posture and what Altitude Networks can do for your today.

No One Wants a Data Breach 

News of data breaches has become all too common, but only breaches that involve a large volume of data impacting many people or accounts usually make headlines. However, data loss that affects only a few business relationships could be just as devastating to a small or medium-sized business. 

The market is filled with data loss protection solutions – and market intelligence and advisory firm, Mordor Intelligence, forecasts 23.59 percent growth in the DLP market through 2025. While the market is growing, it’s essential to recognize that many DLP solutions continue to take more of a legacy approach that requires users to spend time in manual set up and labeling sensitive data. You’ll also find as you evaluate solutions that they have different rates of false positives, which will directly impact how efficiently your IT team can operate as well as your overall level of security. 

Furthermore, many DLP solutions in the market were designed for IT environments with on-premises infrastructure and applications rather than for organizations that need to prevent data loss in the cloud — where most modern companies are focusing their IT investments.

It’s wise to eliminate the noise by focusing on data loss protection solutions that give you the flexibility to work securely in the cloud. They should also automatically and accurately differentiate between types of data, have user-friendly features, make remediation and compliance easy, and provide leadership teams with the visibility they need to ensure employees are following best practices. Only by using the right tool designed to protect data where it lives will you achieve the results you need.  

Check out the Altitude Networks’ rapid security assessment to understand your risk posture and what Altitude Networks can do for your today.

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