For the modern business, data is often its most valuable possession. Whether it’s client lists, insights into customer behavior, or intellectual property, this data can make or break a business. As a result, data is often one of the greatest targets of cybercriminals. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions are designed to ensure that any sensitive data in an organization’s possession is not accessed by unauthorized users, nor lost or stolen.
Accomplishing this requires a system that is capable of identifying and classifying sensitive data and applying security policies either defined by the organization or based upon data protection laws like GDPR, PCI DSS, and HIPAA. If violations of these policies are detected, the solution should take action to remediate the issue, whether by alerting security teams, terminating the communication, or applying appropriate protection (such as encryption).
A DLP solution enables an organization to monitor data flows through and beyond its environment. This can be valuable for a number of reasons:
These are only some of the advantages that an organization can reap from deploying an effective DLP solution. However, it is essential that the solution an organization selects is capable of meeting its needs.
A DLP solution is an important component of an organization’s data security strategy. This system will be responsible for monitoring data flows through the organization and helping to detect unauthorized access and usage of data, and potential data breaches.
For this reason, it is essential to have a clear vision for the DLP solution before evaluating potential offerings. Some important considerations to help with the planning and evaluation process include:
Answering these questions sets the scope and expectations for a DLP solution. Using these answers, it is possible to determine whether or not a potential DLP offering meets an organization’s requirements.
Selecting the right data loss prevention tool is a critical step in an organization’s data security and data loss prevention strategy. However, an effective data loss prevention program is not a single tool or solution. Data management requires a suite of cybersecurity tools and processes that ensures that sensitive data is properly monitored, classified, and secured across the entire organization.
Check Point offers a comprehensive data loss prevention solution for organizations, including email security support. To learn more about Check Point’s DLP solutions, check out our data protection and email security pages. Then, contact us to learn how Check Point solutions can integrate and improve your organization’s data security.