January 2019 is a Time to Revisit Your Data Loss Prevention Strategy
January 2019 is a Time to Revisit Your Data Loss Prevention Strategy: In mid-2018, Wired ran a story on the worst cybersecurity breaches in the year so far. It painted a grim picture of the current state of corporate cybersecurity and the ease and sophistication with which hackers are able to breach it.
The impact a data breach can have is potentially devastating and will not only affect your company’s reputation but translate into a more direct financial loss. In fact, a study by Ponemon Institute showed that the global average cost of data breaches has increased by 6.4% over the last year.
Seeing as that is the case, the approach of this year would be a good time to revisit your data loss prevention strategy. And if 2018 has shown anything, it is that insiders pose just as much (or more) of a risk as external threats.
Key Factors of Data Loss Prevention Strategy:
Some of the key areas that you will want your data loss prevention strategy to cover are mentioned below.
Taking into account the behavior of users and detecting any anomalies:
The use of activity monitoring software can help you to track the behavior of users and spot any behavior that may indicate a potential threat. For example, you may notice a user trying to access old files that they have no reason to use, or copy and send data via various means.
By detecting anomalies early on, you can prevent a data breach from taking place, and head off many insider threats.
Setting up tighter controls and permissions:
Tighter controls and permissions can help against both external and internal threats. In theory, users should only be able to access the data that they need, and not have free reign over the entire system.
Analyzing and recording activity using a common-sense approach:
By analyzing data from monitoring and recording activity, you can implement more comprehensive security measures. Recording user activity can help to identify specific threats, or help to forensically recover data should a breach take place.
It is important that a common approach is utilized that ensures users are not restricted excessively while at the same time protects data more reliably.
While there are several software that can monitor and track workplace activity, few offer the type of complete security solution that WorkExaminer is able to. It will allow you to track a wide range of user behavior while setting up more robust permissions at the same time.
By using WorkExaminer you could track online activity as well as monitor emails, instant messaging, file transfers, and more. On top of that, you could filter websites and restrict access to them, or block any programs that you feel would be a threat to your data security.
It is possible to record user activity using WorkExaminer as well, and it has a wide range of tools on that front. With it, you will be able to capture screenshots in real time or for recorded playback, as well as log keystrokes by users that may be suspicious.
In short, WorkExaminer will provide you with invaluable data on the behavior of users so that you can reduce the risk of a data breach and prevent data from being lost. All of its data can be viewed and analyzed easily with the interactive reports that it provides.
Make no mistake cybersecurity is an ongoing issue and it is likely that next year will see the threat grow further. By taking steps now to improve your data loss prevention strategy using WorkExaminer and other measures – you can minimize your risk, especially to insider threats that could compromise your company’s data.