Since confidential data can reside within a variety of computing devices ie. (physical servers, virtual servers, databases, file servers, E mails, PCs, point-of-sale devices, flash drives and mobile devices) and move through a variety of network access points (wired, wireless, VPNs, etc.), there are a variety of solutions that are tackling the problem of data loss, data recovery and data leaks.
As the number of internet-connected devices has soared, data loss prevention is an increasingly important part of any organisation’s ability to manage and protect critical and confidential information.
Examples of critical and confidential data types can include but not limited to:
Intellectual Property: source code, product design documents, process documentation, internal price lists, financial documents, strategic planning documents, due diligence research for mergers and acquisitions, employee information, credit card numbers, medical records, financial statements.
Thorndene Technologies would be happy to examine your individual requirements, and taylor a solution for you.
Network-based data loss prevention solutions focus on protecting data whilst it is in motion. These solutions are installed at the "perimeter" of an enterprise network. They monitor network traffic to detect sensitive data that is being leaked or sent out of the enterprise. Solutions may check email traffic, instant messaging, social media interactions, web 2.0 applications, SSL traffic and much more. Their analysis engines are looking for violations of your predefined information disclosure policies.
Datacenter or storage-based data loss prevention solutions focus on protecting data at rest within an organisation’s datacenter infrastructure, such as file servers, SharePoint and databases. These data loss prevention solutions discover where confidential data resides and enable users to determine if it's being stored securely. When confidential information resides on insecure platforms, it is usually an indication of problematic business processes or poorly executed data retention policies.
End-point based data loss prevention solutions focus on monitoring PC-based systems (laptops, tablets, POS, etc.) for all actions such as print or transfer to CD/DVD, webmail, social media, USB and more. End-point based solutions are typically event driven in that the agent resident on the end-point is monitoring for specific user actions, such as sending an email, copying a file to a USB, leaking data or printing a file. These solutions can be configured for passive monitoring mode or to actively block specific types of activities.
Content-aware data loss prevention tools address the risk of accidental exposure of sensitive data outside authorised channels, using monitoring, blocking and remediation functionality. These tools enable the enforcement of company policies based on the classification of content. Data leak prevention technologies are being increasingly leveraged for data discovery and classification purposes.