Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a method of safeguarding your business against data leaks or loss of data. Data leaks can be due to malicious intent, custom-malware or accidental disclosure. Our DLP solutions protect your business from the full spectrum or threats and provide detailed insight into data movements within your organisation and to third parties such as customers, partners and suppliers.
What is Data Loss Prevention?
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a concept that may include a range of solutions designed to identify and prevent instances of data loss within your organisation. These solutions can be configured to work on your corporate network, e-mail platforms or computer systems. Solutions may enforce intelligent controls that block or considerably reduce your risk. Monitoring and inspection will review activity, traffic flows and data access attempts to identify behaviours, risks and activity that could be indicative of data loss. Logging and reporting can provide a high-level overview of your data assets, activities and the risks posed to your business.
What data does your organisation store and where does it reside?
What type of data do you store? This could include sensitive data: customer information, banking information, business price lists or corporate accounts. Most businesses use e-mail, but what about accounts, CRM, invoicing and helpdesk systems? Are these systems installed locally in your server room or does your business use cloud or SaaS applications? Is the data encrypted? do you backup your data? Before your can protect your data and identify data leaks, you need to understand your data network, what data your business has, what format and where it is stored.
What is the source of the information and who should have access to the data?
This is really trying to understand the data journey. Where is the data collected or inputted within your business? What systems is the data entered or imported into? Is the data encrypted at rest? A fundamental component of DLP is to understand who has access to your data and what controls are in place to limit, audit and grant access? It makes no sense to invest in a DLP solution to mitigate data leaks in progress, when you have invested no time in controlling who has access to the data in the first place.
Is your business the subject of any specific regulatory or compliance requirements?
Business drivers for DLP adoption often centre around regulatory and compliance requirements such as GDPR or PCI-DSS. In a more basic sense, you also need to consider corporate reputation, competitive advantage and customer confidence as key business drivers – jeopardising these elements could prove very costly, if not terminal for your business. When these factors taken alongside regulatory heavyweights such as GDPR are considered – you can see why DLP solutions exist.
How can I prevent Data Loss in my organisation?
Almost all companies rely on data for their businesses to function. Unfortunately, between hackers, viruses, insider threats and the accidental risk of data disclosure, data leakage (or data loss) is a real risk for any business. DLP solutions help safeguard your data assets, enable access to your information in a controlled manner whilst simultaneously protecting it.
If you would like to learn how MTG can help your business secure its data, limit its exposure, provide visibility and ensure compliance with forthcoming regulatory requirements such as GDPR – please contact us. Our experienced team will outline the options, costs and complexity of the different solutions – specific to the needs of your business and industry.
With regulatory requirements (FCA/FSC), PCI-DSS and EU data protection law, the need to safeguard both business and customer information is of paramount importance. Advanced persistent threats, malicious or disgruntled staff or accidental data loss all prevent a real threat to the modern enterprise.
DLP solutions address the risk of inadvertent or accidental leaks, or exposure of sensitive enterprise information to outside authorised channels, using monitoring, filtering, blocking and remediation (Gartner).
Our solutions can identify data being taken outside of your organisation using your internet connection, removable devices or by e-mail. Many data loss events are accidental, with staff members uploading data to the cloud or file sharing services such as Dropbox. In other cases, the data leakage has malicious intent, with sales people exporting the CRM database or staff members removing confidential documents.
In all cases, MTG can recommend the most appropriate solution to prevent instances of data loss, facilitate compliance and provide insights into the movement of your company’s data. Our solutions include Network DLP Solutions, Endpoint Device Control, Auditing and Alerts, and Office 365. We have specific experience of GDPR, PCI-DSS and healthcare orientated engagements.