Keeping Your Data on the Straight and Narrow: How Data Loss Prevention Supports Digital Transformation
Digital transformation means more data is spending more time traveling from point to point. It’s not possible and certainly not operationally effective to keep all data within the confines of an on-premises network. There really is no guarantee that any network is truly completely locked up from outside access. So with the security posture shift from if your network will be breached, to when your network will be breached, data level security is critical. But this approach must go beyond the traditional blocking and permission methods that slow required data access and results in an unmanageable plethora of alarms and alerts for IT to try to sort through each day.
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is based on a mature approach to data security augmented by modern innovative analysis features that ensures sensitive data is not lost, misused or accessed by unauthorized users. DLP integrates behavior-centric analytics with data protection, adding another layer of scrutiny to anomalous behavior to better inform and prioritize IT and security team action.
DLP provides complete visibility and control over information no matter where it lives or travels. It does this by:
- Monitoring for policy violations and risky user behavior across control points at all times.
- Preventing and deterring end users from leaking data with real-time blocking, quarantining and alerts.
- Integrating with automated response and remediation workflows.
- Providing flexibility to fine-tune policies to balance security and end user productivity.
To do this, organizations need two “flavors” of DLP:
- Network and Cloud-based DLP – Examining traffic on the network and the accessing of sensitive information.
- Endpoint DLP – Examining users’ data and their movement of data.
Endpoint DLP is critical for data control and assurance with powerful data visibility, monitoring and effective protection. The sensitivity, timeliness and processing of the data are important considerations to ensure rapid, effective and proper access to data by authorized users anytime and anywhere needed. Endpoint DLP also has the advantage over network DLP by seeing the data before it is encrypted.
To implement DLP, organizations first need to take a close look at their infrastructure and policies. The right infrastructure set-up allows the DLP solution to properly function. Network, security and operations teams have to come together to make sure the DLP solution has the required access and the right security posture is in place. The policy discussion is less about the technical aspects and more focused on what data is visible, what data can, and should be, collected, as well as what should be alarmed. This further ties into the monitoring and policy validation aspects of Zero Trust Architecture.
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is exploring this approach to DLP, with a proof of concept designed to identify, classify/mark and prevent unspecified data from within specified domains. Additionally, the DLP solution must integrate with existing Cross Domain Solutions (CDS). This allows for further inspection of data when crossing from one domain to another. The deployment strategy and the Iron Bow solution will inspect all existing types of Endpoint Data, Network Data, Storage Data, and Cloud Data across the USAF enterprise. “Iron Bow, along with our industry-leading partners, is committed to meet the acute need of an effective and holistic DLP solution for the USAF. We expect our solution to prove the functional and enterprise value and be a key part of a larger initiative to provide a multi-pronged approach to better secure data, control access and detect threats,” according to Kristi Hudgins, Iron Bow Account Manager leading the effort.
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